Madrid, IA

Town in Boone County, IA

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Sponsors of Madrid, IA

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About Madrid, IA

The Madrid area was first settled around 1846 by Swedish settlers and was originally named Swede Point. With the construction of both an east-west and north-south railroad line in 1881, the town began to grow and prosper. The name was changed to Madrid in 1883.

Like most Iowa towns, Madrid’s economy was based on agriculture; however, coal mining was a major industry from 1910 to 1945. During that period many Italians and Croatians immigrated to Madrid to work in the mines. To memorialize its mining roots, Madrid features a statue of a coal miner along Highway 17. The Madrid Historical Museum features a life size replica of a portion of a coal mine and a scale model of one of the area coal mines.

A map of the coal mines and the miner can be seen on Highway 17 by the railroad tracks and Madrid Sign.

Our town is the oldest continuously inhabited Swedish settlement west of the Mississippi River. The population has grown from about 1,000 citizens in 1910 to about 2,500 today.

For more information on the history of Madrid, visit the Madrid Historical Museum, which is one of three museums of the Madrid Historical Society.

Located in central Iowa only 25 minutes northwest of the Des Moines metro area, Madrid is also within 25 minutes of Ames, the home of Iowa State University, and the business centers of Ankeny, Boone and Perry. Madrid is ideally situated as a business location at the junction of State Highways 17 and 210, 12 miles (15 minutes) west of I-35, 18 miles (20 minutes) north of I-35/80 and 12 miles (15 minutes) south of US highway 30.

Businesses of Madrid, IA

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Community Organizations of Madrid, IA

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Events of Madrid, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Madrid, IA

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Madrid, IA

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Boone County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Boone County, IA page.

Veterans of Boone County, IA

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