The Basques have a long history in the American West. A great many immigrated from Spain and France to tend sheep around the Sierras and Rockies, and today you can find pockets of Basque culture wherever there were once a lot of sheep. The Basques who came to Bakersfield typically arrived by train, and they’d lodge at one of the local boardinghouses until grazing season.
Noriega Hotel is the oldest and longest running auberge of the Basque people.
Video by Disappearing West 2014