At boarding houses frequented by Basque sheepherders in Arizona and other parts of the west, two of them had frontónes courts. The Basque would play their hand game of pelote or pelota. It is said to be across between handball and squash. One can be still found at the Tourist Home in Flagstaff. The Tourist Home today is a bistro today selling sandwiches, soups, and alcohol. When the boarding house was turned into the bistro, the owners preserved the remains of the frontónes court or which can be found on the north side of the building. There is evidence that a second frontónes was present in Flagstaff at the Martin Boarding House which was just a couple blocks west of the Tourist Homes. It was just one of the activities that the Basque would partake of at the boarding houses. Card games were also common; one was Mus.
Pelote or pelota, Basque national sport
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It came to my attention a few years ago that the sheep industry in Arizona was disappearing. I love history, traveling to new places and research. These have been combined in researching this history. I am an independent researcher and speaker and also part of AZ Speaks with the Arizona Humanities. I hold a BA in Anthropology, a MA and Ph.D. in geography. My masters was in land use geography and the Ph.D. was more in historical geography. I love to travel and have visited all seven continents and more than 50 countries. I am a member of the Women Writing the West. View all posts by arizonasheephistory