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The Census Bureau, however, for statistical purposes does count these as annexations.Not counting the temporary 425 Agreements, Lansing administers 34.1 square miles (88 km) total.
Life Magazine quoted Rajje's trainer, William Pratt, as shouting at the scene, "Damn these people [...] They wouldn't leave her alone." Author Nelson Algren cites the injustice and sad end of the pursuit of "Raji, the Pixie-Eared Elephant" in continuity with the ambush of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in his introduction to a 1968 biography of the outlaws.There was also concern with Detroit's strong influence over Michigan politics, being the state's largest city as well as the capital city.Unable to publicly reach a consensus because of constant political wrangling, the Michigan House of Representatives privately chose the Township of Lansing out of frustration.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.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.
The boundaries of the original city were Douglas Avenue to the north, Wood and Regent streets to the east, Mount Hope Avenue to the south, and Jenison Avenue to the west. Lansing began to grow steadily over the next two decades with the completion of the railroads through the city, a plank road, and the completion of the current capitol building in 1878.
Most of what is known as Lansing today is the result of the city becoming an industrial powerhouse which began with the founding of Olds Motor Vehicle Company in August 1897.
Many in the group too disappointed to stay ended up settling around what is now metropolitan Lansing.
Those who stayed quickly renamed the area "Lansing Township" in honor of their home village in New York.
This figure includes two 425 Agreements with Alaiedon Township and Meridian Township, and the four 425 Agreements with Delta Township since 2000.