Winkler is on Farm Road 416 four miles from Walker Lake on the border of Navarro and Freestone counties. It was founded around 1879 and named for Judge Clinton M. Winkler. The first post office was established in 1879 and discontinued after 1930. In 1906 a Winkler school enrolled thirty-six students and employed one teacher. The Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory reported seventy-five people, three general stores, a gin, and two steam gristmills in Winkler in 1882. The town's population reached 150 by 1925 and remained officially at that level until the 1949 recount showed thirty residents. Winkler had a population of twenty-six and one business in 1968. The 1989 state general highway map showed a clubhouse in the vicinity, and the population remained twenty-six through 2000.

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Place type

Winkler is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Gourd Neck)


Latitude: 31.93821600
Longitude: -96.20886180

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Population Count, 2009