Famine and political turmoil
in their native land drove many Basques to America in the 19th century.
The Basque immigrants to Nevada are most well known as sheepherders, the
job Jose Ancho took at first, but they worked at many
other jobs. Some men were miners or cowboys. Young women also
immigrated and found work, as Dominga Urriolabeitia
did, in the hotels where Basque herders and other workers boarded.