Ghost Towns of the Mother Road: Valentine, Arizona

Route 66  The area around what became known as Valentine, Arizona was established in 1898 when President William McKinley set aside land for an Indian School.   By the way, if you missed Monday’s article about “Henry P. Ewing, The Blind Miner,” check it out here.  Henry was the first superintendent of the Indian School.

The location was first named Truxton for some landmarks (named after a local family), but in 1910 the town name was officially changed to Valentine in honor of Robert G. Valentine, Commissioner of Indian Affairs.  After the Indian School was built, a separate school for Anglo children was built, referred to as “The Red Schoolhouse.”

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