In 1892, as if by magic, in the northwest corner of the 69,000 acre Ortiz Mine Grant the coal mining settlement of Madrid appeared. This is the story of that peculiar town, its convoluted
gestation and its surprise birth. It is a tale rife with ‘land sharks’ and their frauds and manipulations, and the corporate shenanigans, often purposeful, meant to confuse and conceal what was done.
This is a story, too, of ordinary people and their ordinary struggles. There are few heroes in this story, least of all among the wealthy and powerful. The second part of this book draws heavily on the memories of those who lived in Madrid and Cerrillos, and examines the world of the miner in the twentieth century, during the administration of Superintendent Oscar Huber.