Long before Abbie Hoffman called it "the Town too High to Die," 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 self-guided audio tour lets you hear Madrid's stories, told by the people who lived them.
"It's a deep dive into the fascinating history of the little town. You'll find interviews with locals, some of whom have lived in Madrid their whole lives, and a narrator with a soothing voice ...
One might be skeptical of the accuracy of the GPS, especially when all the buildings are so close together, but that's not the case; it works exceedingly well ...
Every building in Madrid, be it a little jewelry shop or a public bathroom, tells a story."
-- Santa Fe Reporter (October 22, 2018)
The tour can be paused, skipped and rewinded -- and it never expires, so you don't have to do it all at once. The whole tour is about 2 hours.
For best results, you should take the walking tour in Madrid, New Mexico. However, you can also just listen to the oral history on your phone, wherever you are.
I got the idea for the Madrid tour while researching a different audio project. It occurred to me that my hometown has such a fascinating history, and so many incomparable storytellers, that this tour could be both an introduction for the curious visitor as well as a vault for Madrid's collective chronicle. The advancing years of many old-timers was an added consideration. In sad fact, a distressing number of voices on the tour have deceased -- yet with great humility, I believe that a small part of their stories live on here.
I realized that to achieve the production level which this documentary deserved, I would need funding to pay the storytellers for their contributions, buy recording equipment, and promote the project. So I organized a crowdfunding campaign, Bingo at the Mineshaft Tavern and Kickstarter. It was so successful that I was able to expand the project's scope, and ultimately recorded over seventy hours of interviews. Cutting down all those interviews into a tidy two-hour walking tour, I was forced to leave out a number of especially picante tales. Some of these may be found in "Too Hot For Tourons," now available through discreet inquiry.
For my discerning clients, I propose to create tours of heart-provoking adventure, intriguing stories rooted in authenticity.
That the tours require no ongoing maintenance, and can be endlessly repurposed, bolsters their durable value. The original content will attract earned media attention, a force multiplier to maximize the effectiveness of any promotional campaign. My experience and diligence will deliver a sterling product.
This was the teaser for the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, from way back in 2017.
Brian Mayhall Bill Kennard Robert Poliner
Nancy Dransfield Marsha Adler Sachin Teli
Carol Carpenter Cara Olson-Kolb Oakley Biesanz
Charlotte Jusinski Bernadette Jusinski Trey Corkern
Elisa Keir David Jacangelo & the Jacangelo family
Sara L. Wice Larry Goldberg Melissa Ewer
Gregor MacDuffie & Maria Grande Elaine Baskin
Tom Moran Peter Hopewell Elaine Ikeda
Bill Fenstermaker Bill Adler Nicholas Helfrich
Maralyn Lois Polak Michelle Smith Stavo Craft
Stephanie Coulthard Gina Pierce Evan White
James McGrath Morris Marsha Fonteyn Ellen Dietrich
Sue Hopewell Christin Boyd Andrea Fiegel & Jada White
Alain Marcelino Constance Moss