Madrid (New Mexico)
Madrid is a small town in North Central New Mexico, south of Santa Fe.
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.
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.
- Every December, Madrid hosts a townwide Christmas celebration with a parade, lighting displays, carolers and costumes.
Old Coal Mine MuseumThree acres of mining and railroad history. See an actual below-ground coal seam, and ring the bell on a 1900 steam locomotive!
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".
phone: +1 505-471-3795address: 2860 State Highway 14 NorthJezebel 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.
The Mine Shaft Tavernphone: +1 505 473-0743address: 2846 SR 14Steaks, 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 KitchenPie, coffee, and great lunch specials.
phone: +1 505 424-899578 Vista del Oro. Spectacular bed and breakfast in a hacienda on a 65 acre estate, 10 minutes from Madrid.