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Arizona’s got heart: 2 small towns bear Valentine-themed names

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PHOENIX — Two small towns in Arizona have names that fit in perfectly with Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day themes of love and romance.

One of the towns, Valentine, lies about 25 miles northeast of Kingman.

“Valentine, being on Route 66, makes it sort of an automatically romantic town because it’s one of America’s most romantic roads,” Scott Dunn with Visit Arizona said.

While the town has a tiny population, Dunn said there is still a place for lovers to take a stroll.

“The one thing to do in Valentine that’s best known is all about love, but love of animals: There’s a nature park there — Keepers of the Wild Nature Park,” he said.

The other romantically-themed town is Love, located about a two-hour drive from Phoenix on the western side of the state.

The town isn’t home to many, but a main line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway runs through it.

Despite the town’s romantic name, it has some sad history.

Love was originally known as Lockhart, but the town was renamed Love in honor of former railway engineer Ernest Love, who was killed in World War I.

It was also the scene of a freight train derailment in 1977. When the train jumped the tracks, a tank car transporting butane exploded.

KTAR’s Griselda Nevarez contributed to this report.

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