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Valentine’s Day in Valentine Is Just the Ticket

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What could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Valentine, Texas? According to the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce, “it is the only incorporated city in Jeff Davis County, Texas.” Located on U.S. Hwy 90, the mayor, Jesus Calderon, shared with the Texas Standard that the population is likely around 180 even though the city limits sign says 217. Calderon who goes by “Chuy” has been the mayor for about 40 years, shared the Texas Standard.

Texas is full of quaint and unusual towns with unique names, so why wouldn’t it be home to one of the top places to visit on Valentine’s Day? Complete with an interesting landmark, a post office that gets a ton of business around this time of year, and an annual love fest fast becoming a West Texas tradition not to miss.

Photo: Facebook/Big Bend Brewing Company

Valentine, Texas may not be as popular as other destinations, but it sure belongs on any bucket list to visit at least once. Known mainly for its post office today, and the surge of business it gets during Valentine’s, this unique little town is “also known for a little movie called ‘Dancer Texas, population 81’ which was filmed there and the surrounding area in 1997,” according to the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce.

Many say the town was named Valentine “when a railroad crew of the Southern Pacific Railroad laying tracks heading east from Van Horn stopped there on February 14th, 1882.” Others say it was named for John Valentine, “President of Wells Fargo and a major stockholder in Southern Pacific.”

February is like Christmas for this little town as thousands across the world send in their request to have their Valentine’s postmarked by Valentine, Texas and re-mailed. If you want to try it out this year all you need to do, as shared by, is the following:

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