About this Project

The Basques in Nevada was developed during the fall of 2011 by students in the Interactive Media course of at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. We are grateful for the research assistance and encouragement provided by the faculty and staff at the Center for Basque Studies and the Basque Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. We would also like to thank Shannon Sisco for her logistical support, and William Douglass and Brent Espil who welcomed us to their ranches in the Nevada outback.

Alina Bryant
Michelle Horton
Tiffany Moore
Jennifer Mortimore
Clare O’Toole
Lucas Pakele
Michael Schembri

Howard Goldbaum

8 Responses

  1. Denise Morse says:

    My family is Basque and were sheep ranchers in Nevada for two generations. We have lived in California for many years and when I read any history of the Basque ranching/herders in Nevada’s history our family name is never listed. I am interested in gathering my familes ranching history and wondered if there is a place in your work for their story.
    Thanks for any information you can give me.
    Best regards, Denise Laborde Morse

    • Ed Lamiquiz says:

      Denise, I do not have a response to your request. However, I met three Laborde sisters in Boise the summer of 1967 at the Basque Picnic. They were Michelle, Denise and I believe Annette. I was visiting family in Boise at the time from New York City. Wondering if you are the same Denise.

  2. ken ytuarte says:

    stumbled on this today–thank you.
    Denise–my limited knowledge includes the observation that most California Basques stem from the French side.

    Ed Lamiquiz–NYC? Me too. parents met at Centro Vasco in the mid 1940’s.

    I stumbled on this site after reading today’s piece in the NY Times.

  3. irati says:

    hi! i am basque and two generation of my family lived there and work as sheppers. my grandpas dad and grandmas dad, and also their brother and sisters, and my grandpas brothers too. i’m trying to find any information about their life there. they were original from Ispaster a town in Vizcay, a country of north of Spain. i only have this information: Jose Mari malasechevarria iturraran, Antonio malaxechevarria iturraran, Domingo malasechevarria Iturraran (known as Echevarria, was the first basque at the gas camera). sabino malaxechevarria arnaiz, eugenio malaxechevarria arnaiz. florencio madarieta azumendi, ana josefa madarieta azumendi and marcos madarieta azumendi. i hope you could help me, thanks at all (i’m so sorry for my english level…:(

    • Ed Lamiquiz says:

      Hello Irati, your English is fine. You can contact the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise Idaho. They may be able to help you. I know there are many people with family roots from Ispater that herded sheep in Idaho. Good Luck on your search.

    • Gretchen Skivington says:

      I’m looking to find out information about Malaschevarria too. I believe that was my mother’s family name from Winnemucca/Paradise Valley.

  4. Florence Drury says:

    Yes I am Denise’s cousin and I would like to see more about my mother Catherine Labordes ranching roots in Nevada. She was born in Battle Mountain as well her brother Denise’s father. My grandparents were married in Lovelock and lived in Austin

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