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Lansing, Michigan

Lansing is the capital city of the State of Michigan and the sixth largest city. It is located in Ingham County, through a small portion of the city extends into Eaton County. The Lansing Metropolitan area is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental and high-tech manufacturing institutions, including three medical schools, two law schools, a Big Ten Conference University, Michigan State, the State Capital, the Supreme Court, an appellate court, a federal court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters of four national insurance companies. Lansing is the only U.S. state capital (among the 46 located in counties) that is not also a county seat. The county seat of Ingham County is in Mason Michigan.

As of the Census of 2000, there were 119,128 people, 49,505 households, and 28,366 families residing in the city. The median age was 31 years old. The median income for a household in the city was $34,833 and the median income for a family was $41,283.

The Lansing School District located in Lansing Michigan is made up of over 16,000 students and covers 3 counties in the Mid-Michigan area. It is the largest school district in the tri-counties with 27 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and three high schools. There are also 9 magnet schools within the district and many specially programs for children and adults.

Some Lansing area attractions include: the Lansing Symphony orchestra which has been entertaining generations of Lansing area residents since 1929. The Historic Lansing City Market one of the oldest city markets in the United States has been completely renovated in recent years. The historic Potter Park Zoo which is located along the Red Cedar River in Lansing has more than 400 animals, and numerous programs and events for children and families. The Lansing Jazz Fest and the Old Town Blues Fest host leading musicians and are two of the larger music festivals held each year in the state. The Michigan Library and Historical Center is a highly regarded state library and research center. The library is one of the top five genealogical research facilities in the United States. The Common Ground Festival is a week long musical event held every year in July. It is held at the Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing. It began in 2000 and replaced the Michigan Festival that was held in nearby East Lansing. It hosts a wide range of musical acts. In 2006 some of the acts were Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bonnie Raitt, Poison, Styx, The Bangles, Etta James and Ted Nugent.

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Class A Midwest League, minor league baseball team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. The team plays its home games at Oldsmobile Park which was recently renovated in 2006. The park originally opened in Downtown Lansing in 1996.

The area that is now Lansing was originally surveyed in 1825 in what was some of the thickest, wildest woods in the region. In 1835 and early 1836 two brothers from New York plotted the area now known as REO Town, just south of downtown Lansing and named it “Biddle City”. All of this land lay in a flood plain and was underwater during the majority of the year. The brothers went back to New York, specifically Lansing, New York, to sell plots for the town that did not exist. A group of 16 men bought plots in the non-existent city and upon reaching the area later that year found that they had been duped. Many in the disappointed group ended up settling around what is now metropolitan Lansing. Those who stayed quickly renamed the area “Lansing Township” in honor of their home village in New York. In 1847 when the state constitution required that the capital be moved from Detroit to a more centralized and safer location within the interior of the state since many were concerned about Detroit’s proximity to British-controlled Canada.

With the announcement that Lansing Township had been made the capital, the small village quickly transformed into the seat of the state government. In 1847 and 1848, just months after it became the capital city, individual settlements began to develop among three key points along the Grand River in the township. Most of what is known as Lansing today is the direct result of the city becoming an industrial powerhouse which began with the founding of Olds Motor Vehicle Company in August of 1897. The company went through many changes, including buyout between its founding to 1905 when founder Ransom E. Olds started his new company REO Motor Car Company, which would last in Lansing for another 70 years.

Over the next decades, the city would see itself transformed into a major American industrial center for the manufacturing of automobiles and automobile parts among the other industries. The city continued to grow in area also. By 1956 the city had grown to 15 sq. miles, and doubled in size of roughly 33 sq. miles. The city’s economy is now evenly split between government service, healthcare, manufacturing, and education.


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