Valentine, AZ - apparently off of rt. 66?
Moving along the Mother Road, parallel to the railroad tracks, you soon come upon the nearby ghost town of Valentine. Established in 1898, it showed promise when 660 additional acres were set aside for the Native Americans. In 1901, a two story Indian School was built that served as a day school for the nearby Hualapai Indians and a boarding school for children of the Apache, Havasupai, Hopi, Mohave, Navajo and Papago tribes. A separate school was built for the white children southeast of the Indian school, now referred to as "The Red Schoolhouse.” The Indian School closed in 1937 but reopened sometime later, continuing on until 1969.
Before I-40 bypassed this old stretch of the road in 1978, Valentine was called home to several hundred residents. Both locals and travelers alike often stopped at Bert’s Country Dancing Bar for a little two-steppin’ and a couple of brews.
It was also during Valentine's better days that thousands of Valentine cards and messages would flood into the tiny contract post office for its heart shaped postmark. That too ended when tragedy occurred on the afternoon of August 15, 1990. Unfortunately, even in the smallest of towns, murder and mayhem can be found. On that day, 44 year old Jacqueline Ann Grigg was working when a short stocky white man robbed the post office of its cash and left poor Jacqueline dying on the floor from a gunshot wound. Before long, Jacqueline’s husband bulldozed the building and left the area. The Valentine postmark was retired to the Kingman post office, where you can still get your special cards postmarked with the heart shaped cancellation.
Though there are still a few remaining residents, Valentine is a ghost town. However, both the old Indian School and the "Red Schoolhouse” still stand, along with several other remnants of Valentine's better days.