The satellite view shows Lansing, the capital city of the State of Michigan
, a state in the East North Central region of the United States
with shorelines at four of the five Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie.
Lansing lies in the south-central part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan at the confluence of the Grand River and the Red Cedar River, about 90 mi (145 km) northwest of Detroit
and 220 mi (355 km) northeast of Chicago
Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
Photo: Phillip Hofmeister
Like many smaller U.S. state capitals, Lansing plays a minor part in Americas cultural and military impact on the rest of the world.
Lansing came into existence as a scam. In early 1836, two brothers from New York (state) plotted the area and sold plots of "Biddle City" to people from Lansing, NY. The group of settlers arrived in Mid-Michigan only to find out that their plots were submerged under several feet of water. But the not so happy owners of a lot of useless land in a nonexistent city stayed and renamed the settlement "Lansing Township".
About ten years later the 20 people strong population of the township were much surprised by the decision of the Michigan House of Representatives to repositioning Michigan's state capital from Detroit to their village.
In the 1910s and 1920, the booming automobile business expanded Lansing's population enormous.
The Library of Michigan in Lansing is a state-run library and historical center, Michigan’s official state library agency.
Photo: Andrew McFarlane
Today Lansing has a population of about 117,000 inhabitants (in 2018), the neighboring city of East Lansing has a population of about 49,000. The cities are situated in the center of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, a major landmass between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
GM's Oldsmobile brand, which was produced in Lansing, phased out and Lansing is still heckled by the strong influential forces of the metropolitan cities of Chicago and Detroit.
The Lansing Metropolitan Area, known as "Mid-Michigan", is a major educational, cultural, governmental, commercial, and industrial center in the region.
The capital's economy relies on government, education, insurance, healthcare, and automobile manufacturing. Largest employers are the State of Michigan, Michigan State University
(MSU) located in East Lansing, Sparrow Health System, and General Motors.
The city is home to two medical schools and the Michigan State University College of Law (www.law.msu.edu
Some capital highlights:
Otto Eckert Power Station along the Grand River in Lansing.
Photo: David Shane
Michigan State Capitol
, the Neoclassical/Italianate/Renaissance revival style state capitol houses the chambers and offices of the Michigan Legislature.
is a historic house built in 1855; it is now a museum dedicated to Lansing's early pioneers.
The Michigan History Center
) comes with the Library of Michigan and its flagship the Michigan Historical Museum, which showcases Michigan's history.
R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
) is an automotive museum named for the founder of Oldsmobile, a former brand of American automobiles with its headquarters in Lansing.
An Oldsmobile Aerotech Aurora V8 in the Olds Museum in Lansing. The Aurora V8 was an experimental high-speed car built by Oldsmobile. The series broke multiple automobile speed records.
Photo: Joe Ross
Impression 5 Science Center
) a science museum addressing the five senses.
The Library of Michigan
) is Michigan’s official state library agency.
St. Mary Cathedral
, the cathedral, built in 1937, is the seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Lansing.
) Lansing's convention center at the Grand River.
Shopping in Lansing:
Lansing City Market
, an urban city market in downtown along the Grand River and Lansing River Trail.
Eastwood Towne Center
), according to their website: Eastwood Towne Center features upscale fashion retailers, home furnishing shops, and a variety of dining opportunities.
Potter Park Zoo
) is the oldest public zoo in Michigan. See Snow leopards, Spider monkeys, Massasauga Rattlesnakes, and other animals.
, horticultural adventures between flower-beds and shrubberies in the midst of the concrete and glass of the central business district and the GM Grand River Assembly Plant.
Lansing River Trail
, a non-motorized 13 mi (21 km) trail along the Grand River and the Red Cedar River.
Just zoom in (+) to see Michigan State Capitol building, which houses the legislative and executive branches of the government of the U.S. state of Michigan.
The page shows a city map of Lansing with expressways, main roads, and streets, and the location of Capital Region International Airport
, 4.5 mi (7 km) by road northwest of downtown Lansing.
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