Madrid, New Mexico audio tour: Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM: The Town Too High To Die

Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM: The Town Too High To Die

Walking Tour

120 mins

About the Tour

Madrid produced the coal that both built the Bomb and inspired Walt Disney. Abandoned for years, it was reborn as a thriving artistic community. This Oral History lets you hear Madrid's stories, told by the people who lived them.

Tour Producer


Andrew Wice

Andrew Wice is a novelist who has lived in Madrid, New Mexico, since 2001.

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Major Landmarks

  • The Mine Shaft Tavern

  • Old Boarding House Mercantile

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is the entrance of the Mine Shaft Tavern, located at the bend of the road in Highway 14. Look for the stone steps outside the double doors of the main bar.

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Places to stop along the way

The Old Coal Town Museum, Java Junction, the Hollar Restaurant, numerous unique galleries and shops

Best time of day

This tour can be taken at any time, but most shops and galleries in town are open from 10-5 daily.


There are no proper sidewalks in Madrid -- you'll be walking along a roadway.


There is everything but a start button! Bought and paid for. Can't play it.

Posted by Kirsten , over 3 years ago

Hi Kirsten - I can see this purchase on our end. You should be able to download the tour, but payment also hasn't been finalised yet. If the email I've sent you with a few possible easy fixes isn't useful, you won't be charged for the tour.

Posted by Iain , over 3 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM: The Town Too High To Die