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“...In the 1920s and 30s, Madrid was as famous for its Christmas lights”

Although Madrid still likes to consider itself a ghost town, it represents a unique example of resurrection. In the 1920s and 30s, Madrid was as famous for its Christmas lights as for its coal, and airlines used to reroute traffic during the holidays to show passengers the sight. Coal became important in the 1880s, but when the demand for coal diminished after World War II, long forlorn rows of identical company houses stood empty. In the 1970s, the sound of hammers could be heard throughout the town and now, Madrid is a creative community with more than 40 shops and galleries, several restaurants, a spa and museum.

Location

27 miles southwest of Santa Fe on State Road 14

Getting There

Madrid is loacted one hour north of Albuquerque and 30 minutes south of Santa Fe on the Historic Turquois Trail Scenic Byway, Highway 14.

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