Madrid, Colorado

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Madrid, Colorado
Ghost town
Madrid, Colorado is located in Colorado
Madrid, Colorado
Madrid, Colorado
Coordinates: 37°07′39″N 104°38′29″W / 37.12750°N 104.64139°W / 37.12750; -104.64139Coordinates: 37°07′39″N 104°38′29″W / 37.12750°N 104.64139°W / 37.12750; -104.64139
Country United States
State Colorado
County Las Animas [1][2]
Elevation 6,286 ft (1,916 m)
Area code(s) 719
GNIS feature ID 194645[3]

Madrid is a ghost town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. It is east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 6,590 feet (2,010 m). The town is the west side of the county along State Highway 12, fourteen miles (21 km) west of Trinidad. Madrid is named for the Hilario Madrid, who settled there in the 19th century from New Mexico.[4] Originally called Madrid Plaza, it was established as a settler's post in 1864. Hilario and his brother Juan Madrid homesteaded there in September 1879.[5] There was a Post Office in the town from 1882 to 1917.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.usgwarchives.org/maps/colorado/countymap/co1895/lsanims.jpg
  2. ^ http://www.usgwarchives.org/maps/colorado/countymap/co1920/LasA20.jpg
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Luis Baca, "Guadalupita Colony of Trinidad" The Colorado Magazine, XXI (January, 1944), 22-25.
  5. ^ "Madrid Plaza" Hugh and Evelyn Burnett 227
  6. ^ http://www.cogenweb.com/coplaces/city-m.html