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New Mexico's Turquoise Trail - Stopping in Madrid for Food, Art and Funky Fun
Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, New Mexico

Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, New Mexico

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Madrid, New Mexico is a main stop on the Turquoise Trail. Madrid was once a coal mining town and the streets are lined with small miner's homes which have been converted into shops and galleries. Disney's "Wild Hogs" was filmed here. Have lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern built in 1944. It is a bar, but the room is usually filled with families at lunchtime having burgers.

The Mine Shaft looks like it would be a rockin' place at night. When you visit, make sure you have a look at the paintings over the bar. They were done by Sandia Peak artist Ross J. Ward (of Tinkertown fame) and colorfully portray Madrid's rich history. The Latin phrase on the angel's banner freely translated, reads, "it is better to drink than work" - a call to the weary miners!

Next to the tavern you will find a museum.

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