Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The French Hotel and Bar
1437 Highway 395
— Mixed Architectural Style —
Owned at one time by Baptiste Borda and later leased to the Mitcheo family. Raymond Borda, upon returning from World War II, owned and operated the hotel for many years. The French Hotel was one of the three main Basque hotels in Gardnerville during the 1930's.
In what is now the parking lot to the rear of this building, a pilota court stood with a large fronton, or wall. Pilota is a traditional Basque handball game. In the mid 1930's, teams from as far away as San Francisco would come to play in championship tournaments. The prize money of $1000 (1930's value) gives a clear indication of the caliber of play that was seen here.
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 these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 56.472′ N, 119° 44.943′ W. Marker is in GardnervilleTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1437 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. Adaven Building (within shouting distance of this marker); East Fork Hotel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sharkey's Nugget (within shouting distance of this marker); J & T Basque Restaurant Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardnerville Branch Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arendt Jensen Merchandise (about 300 feet away); Airtanker 130 Is Headed West (about 400 feet away); Record Courier Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardnerville.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the immediate right of the front door.
Also see . . .
1. French Bar. The Realdevildoll's photo of the French Bar's neon sign lit up at night. (Submitted on December 9, 2009.)
2. Popularizing Basque Pelota. EusakalKazeta.com's article (11/10/09) on the popularization of pelota in the US, including the possibility of building a pelota court in Gardnerville. (Submitted on December 10, 2009.)
3. Mary Micheo Abbot. The University of Nevada Reno's Basque Oral History Project Interview Page for Mary Micheo Abbot, whose parents (mentioned on the marker) ran the hotel for a number of years: "In this interview Mary shares her memories of growing up in (Submitted on December 10, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,093 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 3. submitted on November 17, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.