Big Bend
2010 Census - 5,708
2000 Census - 5,714
Kermit, Texas
Kermit Texas History:
Kermit developed as a supply center for area ranches, and was named after Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt who went hunting on the T Bar Ranch a few months before the town was named. In 1910, Kermit became the designated county seat of the newly formed Winkler County seat. The Kermit post office was established the same year. A severe drought in began in 1916 causing most county residents to leave. By 1926, only three houses and the county courthouse were in use. However, after the July, 1926 discovery of the Hendrick oilfield, the town experienced rapid growth. By 1927, the town had 1,000 residents. In 1929, the Texas-New Mexico Railway built a line to Kermit. The town incorporated in 1938. During the 1940s oil boom, housing was scarce and many residents lived in tents. By 1960, the population had grown to 10,465. In 1966, the city moved the last working wood derrick in the Permian Basin to Pioneer Park. The Sandhills (dunes) located approximately 10 miles northeast of Kermit are a popular recreation site. Kermit is located at the intersections of SH 105, SH 18, and SH 302, 10 miles east of the New Mexico border, 46.5 miles southwest of Andrews, 45.7 miles west of Odessa, 23 miles northwest of Monahans, 73 miles slightly northwest of Fort Stockton, 51 miles northeast of Pecos, 87 miles northeast of Balmorhea, 9 miles northeast of Wink, and 33 miles northeast of Mentone, Texas.
Winkler County Courthouse, 1929:
This brick courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by architect David S. Castle who designed a number of similar West Texas courthouses. The north addition was added in 1954. The 2010 Winkler County census was 7,110.
Pioneer Historic Park:
The 1907 Seastrunk/Baird house was built 5 miles south of town. Seastrunk dismantled it and moved it to town in 1910. He sold the house to the W.E. Baird family who donated it to the City of Kermit in 1967. The house is open for tours, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, 3pm-5pm. It is located in Pioneer Park which is adjacent to Winkler County Park. Also located in the park is Moorhead Derrick, a cable tool derrick with a walking beam. It is the last of its type, and it was in operation until 1966. A nester’s shack is located onsite. Pioneer Park is located on South East Avenue, on the north side of the Winkler County Park.
Roy Orbison Museum, Wink, TX:
Roy Orbison grew up in Wink. The museum features Orbison memorabilia including records, photos, high school yearbooks and more. It is open by request. (432) 527-3622. If the preceding phone is unavailable, call Wink city hall at (432) 527-3303. The museum is located downtown Wink on SH 115 (Hendricks Boulevard). Wink is located at the intersection of SH 115 and FM 1232, 10 miles southwest of Kermit and 23.6 miles northwest of Monahans, Texas.
Winkler County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; closed Saturday s and Sundays. 307 Poplar Street. (432) 586-3841.
Senior Citizen Recreation Center:
The center offers activities and programs for seniors. (432) 586-3631. 416 East Campbell Street.
Annual Roy Orbison Festival, 2nd Weekend in June, Wink, Texas:
Activities include live music, vendors and a car show. A website is not available for this event. Call Wink city hall at (432) 527-3303. While there, check out the Roy Orbison Museum. Wink is located at the intersection of SH 115 and FM 1232, 10 miles southwest of Kermit and 23.6 miles northwest of Monahans, Texas.
Annual Kermit Celebration Days, Late Sept:
Activities include live music concerts, vendors, a street dance, helicopter rides, a car show, a kid’s bike tour, a motorcycle show, Chihuahua races, and kid’s activities. Admission and parking are free. This event is held downtown. Vendors are located on South Oak Street and Winkler Street.