About thirty five miles northeast of Reno is Pyramid Lake, the gem of Paiute Indian country, its glassy, still waters a mystical barrier between the dimensions of sky and the subterranean geothermal forces below.
The J. T Basque, Bar and Restaurant in downtown Gardnerville captures the conviviality, the sense of family bred service, the reliability of a good, hearty meal served with wine, that has come to represent the traditional fare of a Nevadan, Basque kitchen.
For explorers of the outer reaches of Northern Nevada, hoping to get a feel for the life of the remote and legendary west, a trip into the desert lands that straddle the triangle northeast and northwest of Reno could turn up some surprises and iconic images of the past.
Recipe book on tradition Basque dishes including photographs and step-by-step instructions to make the dishes yourself.
There has been a Basque boarding house or hotel in the location of the current Santa Fe Hotel since the first decade of the twentieth century.
Interview with Robert Laxalt biographer, Warren Lerude, by Lucas Pakele. “His Basque Heritage was an amazing magnet for his entire writing life and personal life.”
A favorite retreat of the Laxalt children was their father Dominique’s sheep camp up at Marlette Lake, where he had purchased more than a hundred acres of grazing land high in the Sierras, two thousand feet above the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe.
Interview with Pete Etchart, by Jenny Mortimore. “I remember going with my dad to Reno to Louis Basque Corner or to the Sante Fe.”
Test your knowledge about the Basque with trivia questions about the language and heritage.
Basque sheepherders have largely been absent from American folklore; their lonely travails did not easily lend themselves to dramatic interpretation.