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People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Basque in Nevada

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.