They told the New Yorkers this new "city" had an area of 65 blocks, a church and a public and academic square.16 men bought plots in the nonexistent city, and upon reaching the area later that year found they had been scammed.On September 26, 1963, a 12-year-old, 3,000-pound female dancing elephant named Rajje (alternately reported as Raji and Little Rajjee, among other variations) rebelled against her trainer during a performance in a shopping-center circus near what was then Logan Street and Holmes Road in Lansing, and escaped into the streets, aggravated by the frenzied pursuit of nearly 4,000 local residents.The incident ended with the shooting of the elephant by Lansing police. It is mostly in Ingham County, although portions of the city extend west into Eaton County and north into Clinton County.It was named the new state capital of Michigan in 1847, ten years after Michigan became a state.The Lansing Metropolitan Area, colloquially referred to as "Mid-Michigan", is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, commercial, and industrial functions. state capital (among the 47 located in counties) that is not also a county seat.
In April 1848, the legislature then gave the settlement the name of "Lansing".) in area was incorporated as a city.The settlement of fewer than 20 people would remain dormant until the winter of 1847 when the state constitution required the capital be moved from Detroit to a more central and safer location in the state's interior; many were concerned about Detroit's proximity to British-controlled Canada, which had captured Detroit in the War of 1812.The United States had recaptured the city in 1813, but these events led to the dire need to have the center of government relocate from hostile British territory.Olds would be joined by the less successful Clarkmobile around 1903.Over the next decades, the city would be transformed into a major American industrial center for the manufacturing of automobiles and parts, among other industries. By 1956, the city had grown to 15 square miles (39 km Today, the city's economy is diversified among government service, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, banking, and education.