60 miles due west of Alpine, Texas, on State Hwy 90, lies the small town of Valentine, Texas. The only incorporated municipality in Jeff Davis County, Valelntine, Texas, population 217, was possibly named by a Southern Pacific Railroad Construction Crew founding the town on Valentines Day, February 14th, 1882, or it may be named after John Valentine, President of Wells Fargo. Here are two reasons for you to visit the town of Valentine, Texas. The first is to visit the Valentine post office, sending a card or letter off with the Valentine, Texas postmark prominently stamped on the outside. If you are visiting in February on time for Valentines Day your “Valentine” will love your thoughtfulness. If you cannot make a visit to the Valentine, Texas post office in person just place your Valentines Card , pre-stamped and addressed, in another envelope and send it with the appropriate postage to the Postmaster, Valentine, Texas 79854. He will see that it is sent to your Valentine with the special Valentine, Texas postmark.
The second reason to visit Valentine, Texas is to view the unusual sculpture known as Prada Marfa. Standing since 2005 just west of the town of Valentine, Texas this work of art mimics a Prada Store. The interior display features shoes and handbags from the fall 2005 Prada Collection.
And, a little known fact about Valentine, Texas is that in 1931 the largest earthquake on record (5.80) in terms of magnitude and damage in Texas struck near Valentine, Texas. All buildings (except wood frame) were damaged. Tombstones in the local cemetery rotated.