Location: Central Douglas County, Gardnerville
Directions: Along Main Street 395 at the J&T Bar - Gardnerville
N38° 56.444 W119° 44.925
Marker type: St (M)
Date Conquered: 8/24/07
Nearest Intersection: Between Gilman Ave (SR 756) and Eddy St.
Quick Description: A marker honoring the rich basque history of Gardnerville.
Signed: No -- Strangely, this marker has never been signed.
NOTES: Take note boys and girls... this one is surprisingly hidden among Gardnerville's townscape!  Gardnerville is located along the west side of US 395 (Main Street) where 25MPH traffic bottlenecks through the town of Gardnerville. As you might guess, slowing down to spot the marker is out of the question! Here's the key:  is easiest to spot if you're headed southbound. Look for the marker just past the intersection with Gilman Ave (SR 756) and Sharkey's Casino. Look to your right for the white colored JT Bar and Grill. The marker sits directly next to a newspaper stand in front of the parking lot. Good luck!
Exact description as reads ...
Early Gardnerville served the farming community and teamsters hauling local produce to booming Bodie. The first buildings were a blacksmith shop, a saloon and the Gardnerville Hotel. The latter was moved by Lawrence Gilman in 1879 from the emigrant trail between Genoa and Walley's Hot Springs, where it was known as Kent House, to this site, the homestead of John M. Gardner.
Just as Genoa was the center for British settlers (largely Mormon) after 1851, so Gardnerville, after 1879, became the center for 1870 Danish immigrants. They founded the Valhalla Society in 1885 and met in Valhalla Hall--now gone.
Starting in 1898, Spanish and French Basque shepherds tended some 13,000 sheep in Carson Valley, increasing to 25,000 by 1925, when the Basques began acquiring their own sheep and land. After 1918, several Basques in Gardnerville opened inns which flourished during the Prohibition years.