Lansing, Michigan Fun Facts. Lansing is the capital of Michigan today, but it wasn’t always this way. Before 1847, Michigan’s state capital was Detroit. Detroit’s location near British-controlled Canada made legislators uneasy, so a heated multi-day session to choose the new capital city was held. At the time, Lansing was a very small settlement, so many were shocked when it was privately chosen to host the capitol. The tiny town quickly turned into the state’s center of government, and the rest (as they say) is history.
More Lansing Fun Facts:
- Lansing was not incorporated as a city until 1859.
- The capitol contains 19 chandeliers, and each is a one-of-a-kind creation by Tiffany’s of New York.
- Lansing hosts the Capital City Film Fest each year – a showcase of independent films and live bands.
- Michigan State University was recently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world according to U.S. News & World Report (2015).
- The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is in its 50th year serving the cultural needs of Lansing. It provides services to 140 arts and cultural agencies throughout the region.
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