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Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

J & T Basque Restaurant Building

1426 Highway 395

 

— Italianate Commercial Style —

 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
1. J & T Basque Restaurant Building Marker
Inscription.  
This building dates back to the 1870's and was moved to Carson Valley from Virginia City before the end of the 19th Century. It was somewhat commonplace to move buildings from Virginia City after the Comstock Lode Era.

Town founder Lawrence Gilman used the building as the bar and dining room for the Gardnerville Hotel. The hotel had formerly been the Kent House in Genoa before being moved to a spot just north of here. The Gardnerville Hotel burned down and was never rebuilt.

The J & T Restaurant is owned and operated by the Lekumberry Family.

In the upper left corner of the marker is seal of the city of Gardnerville, while in the lower right hand corner is the seal of the US Forest Service.
 
Erected 2004 by Town of Gardnerville.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 56.441′ N, 119° 44.919′ W. Marker is in Gardnerville, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Eddy Street on U.S. 395
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
2. J & T Basque Restaurant
AroundCarson.com: "...In 1926 the Gardnerville Hotel burned to the ground, and the establishment, which was then known as "Springer's Bar", had to start operating on its own. There was a bar and dining room downstairs, a barber shop in the adjoining annex, and hotel rooms on the second story. In 1952 it was bought by two Basque fellows called Juansaras and Trounday, who promptly renamed it with their own initials...."
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1426 Highway 395, Gardnerville NV 89410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arendt Jensen Merchandise (within shouting distance of this marker); Adaven Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The French Hotel and Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Record Courier Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farmer’s Telephone Company (about 300 feet away); East Fork Hotel Building (about 300 feet away); Sharkey's Nugget (about 300 feet away); Ritchford Hotel (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardnerville.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the left front corner of the building.
 
Also see . . .  JT Basque Bar & Dinning Room. Euskaltura.com, the Basque Heritage Worldwide Website's description of... (Submitted on November 5, 2009.) 
 
J & T Basque Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
3. J & T Basque Restaurant
Per Euskalkultura.com, "This wooden building that was brought from Virginia City to Genoa in 1895, and then later to Gardnerville, tells quite a story. It was purchased in 1954 by John and Grace Jaunsaras and Jimmy and Grace Trounday, thus its name the JT (Jaunsaras and Trounday). In 1960 Jean (and Shirley) Lekumberry and Jean's brother Pete Lekumberry, bought it and kept it Basque. Pete returned to the Basque Country and Jean continued the operation until 1993 when he died of a heart attack. Since that time his children, Mary Louise and Jean Baptiste Lekumberry have continued the business. The bar and restaurant reflect a western flavor, there is even a piano and a juke box that plays both American and Basque music. The bar houses a collection of hats as well as a dollar bill collection hanging from the ceiling. The Basque weekly Herria comes regularly from the Basque Country and is always available at the bar for customers to read..."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,401 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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