This Day in Texas History: Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas

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This Day in Texas History: Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas

This Day in Texas History:
(from the Texas State Historical Association archives)

Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas
February 14, 1882

On this day in 1882, the town of Valentine, Texas was founded and named when a Southern Pacific Railroad crew building east from El Paso reached the site.

Valentine, in Jeff Davis County, is thirty-six miles west of Fort Davis. The trains started running in 1883, and Valentine got a post office in 1886. The town became a shipping point for local cattle ranchers, and by 1914 it had an estimated population of 500, five cattle breeders, a news company, a real estate office, a grocery store, a restaurant, and the Valentine Business Club.

By the late 1990s, however, the estimated population had dropped to 267.

It is one of several cities named Valentine in the U. S. where you can send envelopes to the local Post Office in order to obtain special Valentine’s Day postmarks. For this the town and its post office have received national media attention.

Valentine is also home to the unusual sculpture Prada Marfa, which mimics a Prada store and which was installed in 2005 on the town’s main street, California Avenue (US Route 90).

Cahill, U.S. Marshall” was set in Valentine, Texas.

Valentine Pirates
Valentine, Texas

Copyright 2011 Warren Paul Harris
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Slated for inclusion in a future edition of Texas As I See It.

Valentine Pirates

Valentine Pirates

 

 

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