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William Christian Lobenstine Diaries

Identifier: M1620

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 2 handwritten diaries that document Lobenstine's travel to the California gold fields, work as a miner, return to New York City via Panama, and journey to Kansas (1851-1858); microfilm copy of diaries.

Scope and Contents

Repository also has: extracts from the diary of William C. Lobenstine (C 978.045 L785ex).


  • 1851-1858


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

William Christian Lobenstine (1831-1918) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. in 1849. He traveled through the West by wagon train to California (1851) where he mined for gold (1852-1858). Lobenstine later settled in Leavenworth, Kan. and went into the leather business.


1 envelope

1 microfilm reels (35mm)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, James Clark Lobenstine (grandson)Chevy Chase, Md., 1960.


Portion of collection formerly cataloged as C MSS Mflm55.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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