Basque families started to come to Nevada in pursuit of the gold rush. Originally from Spain, many moved throughout the wars to South America. From there, men who had tried their luck raising sheep, would move to California and continue over the Sierras to Nevada, with hopes of making money and returning home.
Initially working for the mines, they soon realized they could raise sheep and sell the meat to mining companies, in order to feed their employees. Because of this, the Basque farmers became established in Nevada.