“The history of a subdivision of a nation, such as a state or country, is the story of the early struggles of the people who warred with the elements, the wilderness and, perchance, with wild beasts, or worse, with wild men, or both, in its creation as a habitable abode for civilized people; and the relation of the results of the labors of these and their descendants.” -Albert Eugene Cowles “Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan” (1)
With a dismal landscape and tough environment Lansing was born out of the desire to move the state’s capital to a more central location. Struggling to move beyond the critics the village of Lansing turned itself into a city meant to be the capital of Michigan.
Having lived in this city for a majority of my life I am moved by the history I have researched. The names, faces, families, and businesses that helped shape this city into what it is today. The purpose of this website is to allow present and future people a glimpse into the history of Lansing. A city often placed in the shadows of Detroit. This is Lansing.
1: Cowles, Albert Eugene. “Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan.” Babel. N.p., n.d. Web.
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