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Madrid

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Old Coal Mine Museum

Madrid is a small town in North Central New Mexico, south of Santa Fe.

Understand[edit]

The town's name is stressed on the first syllable.

Madrid, New Mexico was founded as a coal-mining community in the 19th century, and was a major supplier of coal for the U.S. Government and for the Santa Fe Railroad. Madrid flourished into the 1930s, with a large Independence Day parade, a Christmas display which attracted visitors from all over the state, and the first lighted stadium in the Southwest. The town declined with the falloff in coal usage until the mines were closed in the 1950s; Madrid never became a true ghost town (it was never completely abandoned), but by 1970 its population had dropped to 30. However, starting in the 1970s, the area became a magnet for creative artists. Madrid is now a small but thriving art colony numbering 200 or more.

Get in[edit]

State Highway 14, from Santa Fe, passes through downtown Madrid. To reach town from Albuquerque, take I-40 eastbound, get off at the Tijeras exit, and proceed north on SR 14.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Every December, Madrid hosts a townwide Christmas celebration with a parade, lighting displays, carolers and costumes.

Do[edit]

  • Old Coal Mine Museum. Three acres of mining and railroad history. See an actual below-ground coal seam, and ring the bell on a 1900 steam locomotive!

Buy[edit]

Madrid is a minor Mecca for creative artists, and shops line both sides of Main Street (S.R. 14 as it passes through the town). Contemporary art, jewelry, pottery, and "wearable art".

  • 1 Jezebel Gallery and Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain, 2860 State Highway 14 North (on the boardwalk in the center of town on hwy 14), +1 505-471-3795, toll-free: +1-866-539-3235, . 10AM-5:30PM. Jezebel Fine Art Gallery is the studio and retail store for glass artist Jezebel. Here you can see the many lighting fixtures designed and produced in-house. Chandeliers, pendants, sconces, lamps, votives and more. Jewelry, clothing, furniture, sculptures and other items supplied by local artists are also available. Jezebel's Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain also operates within the gallery, featuring a wide menu including breakfast, lunch and dessert. Soda is on tap and comes in many unique novelty flavors. Ice cream is the fountain's specialty with 19 flavors and a variety of toppings.

Eat[edit]

  • The Mine Shaft Tavern, 2846 SR 14, +1 505 473-0743. Steaks, hamburgers, buffalo burgers and "guaranteed" margaritas. What they are guaranteed to be or do isn't clear- be brave, stop in and try one at what's advertised as the longest bar in the state.
  • Mamma Lisa's Ghost Town Kitchen. Pie, coffee, and great lunch specials.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Santa Fe is a short distance to the north on SR 14, and Albuquerque is slightly farther away via SR 14 to the south. Both contain enough attractions, including superb outdoors activities, to keep you busy for weeks.
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