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.”