Valentine, Texas Seeing Mail From All Around The World
February 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM CST - Updated July 20 at 8:33 PM
By Alicia Neaves
VALENTINE - During the week of Valentine's Day, gifts and letters are sent all around the world. But one post office in particular is especially busy, all because of their one-of-a-kind postmark. The post office in Valentine, Texas.
"Every year, we have a contest and we submit it to the city council. They pick the design they like then we submit it to the Postal Service and then they approve it and make a rubber stamp out of it. Then we use it," Valentine Postmaster, Leslie Williams, said.
This year, 13 students competed in the contest, the winner seeing their artwork spread world wide.
"It is kind of neat that [the design] a railroad because Valentine was founded by the railroad," Williams said.
Postmasters like Williams have seen thousands and thousands of letters waiting patiently for that one-of-a-kind stamp. In fact, one year, Texas Monthly featured an article about the Valentine Post Office, which resulted in over 30,000 letters and packages sent through Valentine. They've even spotted Chelsea Clinton's Valentine letter in the bunch.
"It's kind of exciting to see where they are all going and where they come in from, too," Williams said.
This year, countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Venezuela, Japan, Indonesia, France and Russia all sent mail through Valentine, Texas.
"So far this year, we've sent out a little over 9,000, and I've probably got a little over 1,000 to do today," Williams said.
One look at the amount of mail going through the post office, you'd think it's a town of thousands.
Valentine, Texas, a town with just under 200 residents, is making their mark - literally - on lovebirds across the globe.