Town of Michigan /Lansing

Town of Michigan /Lansing (HM1QYM)

Location: Lansing, MI 48933 Ingham County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 43.972', W 84° 33.274'

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Town of Michigan
In 1847, required by Michigan's 1835 constitution to choose a permanent capital site within the first decade of statehood, the legislature voted to move the capital from Detroit. Convinced that the governmental seat should be in the state's interior, legislators voted to relocate in Ingham County's unsettled Lansing Township. Citizens viewed the choice with skepticism-believing the decision was a joke that backfired. The capital commission platted the "Town of Michigan" in 1847 and chose a site bounded by Washington and Capitol avenues and Allegan and Washtenaw streets for a temporary capitol building. When the legislature met that year, many members were forced to lodge in private homes; others made their beds on the capitol floor. During that session, the legislature renamed the capital city Lansing.


The town of Michigan was planned in 1847 as the state capital. In April the state legislature considered renaming the capital Pewanogowink, Swedenborg or El Dorado, but chose Lansing, after John Lansing, an American Revolution hero. At that time the capital was a wilderness fraught with wolves and a "brain fever" (spinal meningitis) epidemic. In 1859, Lansing was incorporated as a city. During the 1870s, Lansing's lyceums and literary societies hosted author Mark Twain and actor Edwin Booth. The 1847 capitol, considered "an old rattle trap," was replaced by the present building in 1879. Primarily an agricultural community, Lansing developed as a manufacturing center in the 1890s. In 1897, Ransom Eli Olds organized the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, Michigan's first operating automobile company.
Marker NumberS0629
Year Placed1991
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
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Date Added Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 9:04am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 700189 N 4734050
Decimal Degrees42.73286667, -84.55456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.972', W 84° 33.274'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 58.32" N, 84° 33' 16.44" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)517, 989
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 232-280 W Allegan St, Lansing MI 48933, US
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