The legislature gave the settlement the temporary name of the "Town of Michigan".
In April 1848, the legislature then gave the settlement the name of "Lansing".) in area was incorporated as a city.
Olds would be joined by the less successful Clarkmobile around 1903.
Over the next decades, the city would be transformed into a major American industrial center for the manufacturing of automobiles and parts, among other industries. By 1956, the city had grown to 15 square miles (39 km Today, the city's economy is diversified among government service, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, banking, and education.
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.
Provoked by the growing crowd, Rajje's rampage took her through the men's wear, sporting goods and gift departments of a local Arlan's discount store before leading police on a two-mile chase in which she knocked down and injured a 67-year-old man, tried to move a car, and caused thousands of dollars in damage before being subdued.
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.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.See for yourself by coming to one of our many special events such as the Sterlingfest Art and Jazz Fair, held the first Thursday through Saturday in August.