Okay, so I don't know what this really is, but to me it reminded be of a ball of yarn and a bunch of knitting needles .... the artist just might be horrified to find out my interpretation :)This particular piece did not seem to be for sale .. but there are plenty of other pieces which are ......more
I am always on the search for a good cup of coffee, and especially when in the US, where so many establishments serve what I describe as “brown water” (when I’m being polite!) So when we spotted this promising-looking coffee shop in the midst of Madrid’s galleries I was keen to give it a try – and was not disappointed. As soon as we entered we were...more
Arriving in Madrid from the south around lunch-time, the Hollar was the first likely-looking place we spotted for a bite to eat. It had a good range of lighter meals on the menu, and seemed popular, so we decided to give it a try. There were a number of tables in the shady garden at the front, but several of these were occupied by a rather noisy...more
On the Boardwalk, you can bring your sweet tooth to Jezebel's, which is an original soda fountain from the 1920s. Take your cone outside and enjoy the view. There are several other little shops on the Boardwalk which you can explore once you're finished, but I only strolled into one of them and I don't have enough information to give you a...more
Once I get to Madrid, I like to park at one end of the town and walk the town ..... up one side of the street and back to my car down the other. I get a better feel for this little piece of heaven as I wander in and out of the businesses and survey the roadside artwork. The country surrounding this town is typical of beautiful northern New...more
It seems that almost every building in Madrid houses a gallery or craft shop, and many of them have pretty high-quality items – paintings, jewellery, native pottery, sculpture and much more. Many of the shops are run by the artist themselves and it’s fun and interesting to chat to them about their work even if you’re not buying. While they would...more
Madrid is a peaceful town with peaceful attitudes. There is public art everywhere. The Peace Monument is next to The Great Madrid Gift Emporium. L'atelier Edward Gilliam is just one example of the many artists' studios and galleries. The sculptures on the mine tailings are south of town across from the "Kickin' Ass Ranch."
Madrid once had the reputation that many residents had been abducted by UFO's. Maybe the annual Xmas lights were seen from the air by others besides TWA (Transcontinental & Western Air) passengers. There was once even a shop called El Abducto. It has been closed for a while now. Who knows where the owners went??? Fortunately, my cousin bought a t-shirt at that shop several years ago, so we do have evidence that it existed. She found it for me when I was in California recently. She was standing next to Rodin's "Gates of Hell" on the Stanford campus when I took these pics. What does happen to abductees?
Los Cerrillos (usually shortened to simply Cerrillos) is the place that gave the Turquoise Trail its name, but in the past its mines have yielded treasures of many kinds. Los Cerrillos means Little Hills, and in the hills surrounding this once prosperous town were found not just turquoise, in a distinctive green-tinged variety, but also gold,...more
If Madrid was once a ghost town (and officially still is, despite its lively appearance) then Golden, just to the south, most definitely is one to this day. It was the site of the very first gold rush west of the Mississippi back in 1825, even before the more famous California and Colorado gold rushes. So rich did the seam of gold appear that the...more
Someone with a sense of humor used to live just south of Madrid on State Highway 14. The little house is partially made out of a railroad car and the bridge from a flatbed trailer. He/She must have been a welder, since the gate is very unique. The "ranch" is abandoned now. Madrid has problems with getting potable water. Maybe that is why the owner...more
Madrid (pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, MAD-rid, unlike its Spanish namesake) was a coal-mining town, founded in 1869. In its heyday the town supplied coal for the Santa Fe Railroad, local customers and even the US Government. It was one of the first “company towns” in the US; in 1919, the Superintendent of Mines, Oscar Huber,...more
Can I say this enough? GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND WALK AROUND!!!I You'll only get the feel if you touch this town .... physically touch ....... I love the eclectic nature of this town! You'll find native art, pop-art, and even cowboy art :) I've come up here to spend money, and I've come up here to simply experience .... it doesn't matter which is...more