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.”

This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article has been re-purposed and published in the June 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  In addition, the June issue includes an updated and expanded article about “Henry P. Ewing, The Blind Miner”, a truly fascinating character!  Check out the latest issue here: or try a subscription here.   Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way soon!


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