Madrid, Iowa

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Madrid (/ˈmædrɪd/) is a city in Douglas Township, Boone County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,264 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'Boone, Iowa Micropolitan Statistical Area', which is a part of the larger 'Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area'.



Madrid is located at 41°52′32″N 93°49′12″W / 41.87556°N 93.82°W / 41.87556; -93.82 (41.875435, -93.819931).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


Madrid was originally known as Swede Point by its Swedish founders, among whom the first was Anna Dalander, an immigrant Swedish widow, in 1846. She and her seven children traveled to Iowa looking for the community of New Sweden. Taking the wrong fork of the Des Moines River, they ended up in the area now called Madrid.

It was a small coal mining community during the winter and a farming community during the summer. Mining became a larger part of its economy as time went on. Initially, coal was used locally for winter heating, hence the reason for it being considered a part time job by most residents. The Carpenter Coal Company opened a mine between Madrid and Woodward in 1901, and the Reese Brothers Coal Company opened two mine shafts near Madrid. The Carpenter Brothers named their coal camp Scandia, and changed their corporate name to match.[2] By 1914, The Scandia Coal Company of Madrid produced over 100,000 tons of coal per year, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state.[3]

Madrid gained a large Italian population that worked in its coal mines during the 1920s and 1930's.[4]

Public safety

Madrid is served by a volunteer fire department,[5] as well as a police department.[6]

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