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How a Remote Nevada Town Became a Bastion of Basque Culture (from Smithsonian Magazine)

03/09/2020

Tiny Winnemucca, with its high concentration of Basque restaurants, is doing its part to preserve Basque traditions. Walking into the Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, Nevada, is like transporting yourself to a different time and place. The wood-paneled restaurant was first built in 1878 as a brothel. Then, it turned into an Italian restaurant. It wasn’t until 1913 that the Martin Hotel became what it is today: a thriving Basque restaurant catering to the large Basque population (estimated to be 4 percent of residents) in and around small Winnemucca..

Link: Smithsonian Magazine



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