Madrid, New Mexico

  • Coming into Madrid from the north
  • The former mine company stores
  • Also in downtown Madrid
  • The Coal Mine Tavern in Madrid
  • The Madrid shopping mall

Madrid is just a few miles south of Los Cerrillos. The only reason for a town to be here was the old coal mine but that went out of business years ago. What has kept Madrid alive since then has been the counter-culture hippies and the artists.

Madrid is a nice little town right at the foot of the Ortiz Mountains on the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway (NM 14). Quite a few of the buildings in town have been refurbed drastically (modernized) but quite a few buildings haven't. It makes for a nice mix. And where most of the architecture for miles around is either Pueblo or Territorial, Madrid could have been transplanted here from Appalachia (something about that utilitarian coal camp architecture).

Back when the coal mine was in operation, the town rooted for the Madrid Miners AA Minor League baseball team who played at the Oscar Huber Ballpark at the edge of town. The Miners won many pennants at that ballpark, the first lighted ballpark west of the Mississippi.

The population of Madrid is up more than 35% since 2000.

Madrid, New Mexico

The Diner pictured above is right in the middle of town. It's a bit of an anomaly for Madrid. The sign in the window says: "Diner built by Disney for the movie Wild Hogs starring John Travolta, WH Macey, Tim Allen, Ray Liotta, Peter Fonda, & Marisa Tomei." Of course, the place wasn't open for business. So I went back up the street to Java Junction, had an excellent cup of coffee and got to meet some great local folks.

Java Junction, Madrid, New Mexico
Java Junction
Fast Facts about Madrid, New Mexico
Madrid, Santa Fe County, NM 87010
Latitude: 35.4058°N
Longitude: 106.1545°W
Founded: 1850's
Elevation: 6,020'

High School or Higher: 100.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 50.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 38.6%

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $21,900
Median Home Value: $165,730
Median Resident Age: 38.9 Years
Major Industries:
Retail Services, Health Care, Arts & Entertainment, Construction
Unemployed (August 2014): 5.0%
Cost of Living Index for Madrid: 90.1
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 204
Males 103
Females 101
Population by Age
Under 18 15
18 & over 189
20-24 10
25-34 19
35-49 62
50-64 74
65 & over 20
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 7
Non Hispanic or Latino 197
Population by Race
White 196
African-American 0
Asian 1
Native American 0
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 1
Two or more 6