Basque Block information
Unbeknownst to many, Boise harbors one of the largest Basque populations outside Spain. The European émigrés first arrived in Idaho in the 1910s to pursue jobs in shepherding and elements of their distinct culture can be glimpsed along Grove St between 6th St and Capitol Blvd. Sandwiched between the ethnic taverns, restaurants and bars is Basque Museum & Cultural Center a commendable effort to unveil the intricacies of Basque culture and how it was transposed 6000 miles west to Idaho. Language lessons in Euskara, Europe's oldest language, are held here, while next door in the Anduiza Fronton Building there's a Basque handball court where aficionados play the traditional sport of pelota. The Boise club is affiliated to the US Federation of Pelota.