The Turquoise Trail

February 2016

Leaving Santa Fe and driving on the Turquoise trail. We  saw interesting art.

DSC01172

Origami in the Garden tells the story of this art form through a collection of over 20 monumental outdoor sculptures. Here is one :

DSC01176

Here is a sign, so we are not lost. Not much tourists in this area at this time of the year.

DSC01238

We stopped  in Cerrillos. It means Little  hills in Spanish. This town was once seriously considered as the capital of NM. Cerrillos mining district is one of the oldest and most marked of the Old Spanish mineral developments in the territory.  21 saloons, 4 hotels and 2 churches were busy here in the booming 1880’s ans 1890’s. Now, we can see the old buildings and the dirt streets. It is  a picturesque reminder of the Old West. Mary’s Bar was not open !

DSC01209

In fact, everything seemed to be closed  for the winter except the Turquoise Mining Museum. So, we went in to see…

DSC01223

You might want to buy an old bottle. They have a few  but I think they were quite expensive.

DSC01220

On the Turquoise trail, our next stop was in Madrid!  Another mining town around 1890’s.  This one for coal. Now, it is a small community with many artists. Many buildings are in need of TLC.

DSC01244

DSC01250

DSC01255

We were able to get a good coffee  but it was  not   0.15 cents like this old sign we saw .

DSC01268

We saw what we wanted and as we were not too far from Albuquerque, we decided to get there to see the old town. This is the topic of my next post.

Thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “The Turquoise Trail

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s