Valentine Indian School
Still standing along Route 66 is the main structure of the Hualapai Indian Day School established by President McKinley in 1898. Students lived at the school September to May, wrestling with disease, culture shock and homesickness. Spanish influenza took the lives of 22 children and adults between October 1918 and January 1919. The school closed in May 1937 and the dorms were demolished in 1960. Its bricks, manufactured on site with Indian labor, were recycled to build the Mohave County Museum of History and Arts in Kingman.
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The Post Office was established in 1901 as Truxton. The name was changed in 1910 to Valentine, in honor of Commissioner of Indian Affairs Robert G. Valentine. The Post Office was later moved down the road right on Route 66, but was closed in 1990, and the building demolished after the senseless shooting death the postal clerk.
The Kingman post office at 1901 Johnson Ave. has the Valentine, Ariz., postmark, and if you ask they will stamp your mail with it. They will continue to do so for as long as the stamp holds up.