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When announced, many present openly laughed that such an insignificant settlement was now Michigan's capital. Greenly signed into law the act of the legislature making Lansing Township the state capital.With the announcement that Lansing Township had been made the capital, the small village quickly transformed into the seat of state government.
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. 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.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.Lansing is located in the south-central part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where the Grand River meets the Red Cedar River.
The city occupies most of what had formerly been part of Lansing Charter Township.
It was the last of the county's townships to be surveyed, and the land was not offered for sale until October 1830.
In the winter of 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".
The company went through many changes, including a buyout, between its founding to 1905 when founder Ransom E.
Olds started his new REO Motor Car Company, which would last in Lansing for another 70 years.
They told the New Yorkers this new "city" had an area of 65 blocks, a church and a public and academic square.