Old Ghost Town South of Santa Fe   Leave a comment

Madrid New Mexico — Images by kenne

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.
By the 1970s, the sound of hammers could be heard throughout the town from renovations to these houses.

Today Madrid is a creative community with more than 40 shops and galleries, several restaurants, a spa and museum.
— Source: https://www.newmexico.org/places-to-visit/ghost-towns/madrid/

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