Contact  |  About us

History of Lansing, Michigan

Lansing is located about 85 miles northwest of Detroit, where the Cedar River flows into the Grand River. It was settled in 1847 and immediately became the capital of Michigan. The name is derived from Lansing, New York, home of one of the original settlers.

Lansing is not the oldest community in its area. Holt, five miles south, was settled in 1837.

In 1844, residents of nearby North Settlement built a dam and mill in what is now North Lansing, Michigan. Their employer, James Seymour, was a land speculator from New York. Recognizing an opportunity, Seymour proposed that the Michigan legislature, which was deadlocked over the site of a new capital, accept his water-power site in the yet-to-be developed wilderness.

The legislature agreed and built a two-story capitol building near Seymour's settlement, between 1873 and 1878. It stands in a 10-acre park, surrounded on three sides by the Grand River.

Ransom E. Olds experimented with steam-powered "horseless carriages" in the late 19th century in Lansing. He later switched to gasoline power and moved his operations to Detroit. Due to differences with the company's directors, Olds quit the Olds Motor Works and returned to Lansing to found the Reo Motor Car Company, whose name was derived from the initials of his name.

Lansing grew rapidly as a center of automaking. The Fisher Body plant, along with other enterprises, contributed to Lansing's population growth from 16,000 in 1900 to nearly 80,000 by 1930.

East Lansing, Michigan, a suburb of Lansing, is home to Michigan State University. Originally established as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan in 1855, it was the first land grant college in the country.

Off-site search results for "History of Lansing, Michigan"...

Official City of Lansing, Michigan Web Site
We welcome your feedback. Copyright 2005 City of Lansing, Michigan Privacy Policy | Disclaimer City Hall is located at: 124 W. Michigan Ave. Lansing, Michigan 48933 (Lansing, Michigan Privacy Policy | Disclaimer City Hall is located at: 124 W. Michigan Ave. Lansing, Michigan 48933 (Lansing, Michigan 48933 (517) 483-4000 ...
http://www.cityoflansingmi.com/index.jsp

Lansing, Michigan (MI) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hotels, hospitals, schools, crime
... Private, for-profit) Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Lansing: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 6 miles; EAST LANSING, MI; Full-time enrollment: 38,639) JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 34 miles; JALansing: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 6 miles; EAST LANSING, MI; Full-time enrollment: 38,639) JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 34 miles; JACKSON, MI; FT ...
http://www.city-data.com/city/Lansing-Michigan.html

Michigan
... gets its name from an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning "large lake." Michigan has an unusual geography, as it consists of two land masses--the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula and the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula, home to most of the ...
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es/mi

privacy policy