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Mine Shaft Tavern, Madrid, NM (Bucket List Video)

Established in the late 1800s the original burned down on Christmas day in 1944 or 1945, depending on who you ask. The current bar was rebuilt in stages from 1946 to 1947 and has become a staple to bikers, travelers and others in its lifetime. The bar–both the original and this one–were built to quench the thirst of local miners digging coal out of the nearby mountain. In fact the bar was a part of a company town, a town in which the company owned and operated everything from hotels to taverns and even law enforcement. Today the bar serves locals and tourists alike, including Hollywood legends. It’s been in a number of movies, a list that includes Beer For My Horses, Wild Hogs, Paul, and is frequently visited by celebrities. The atmosphere is fun and the drinks are cold. Try their green chile cheeseburger and a margarita when you stop by.

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