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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.

Olds would be joined by the less successful Clarkmobile around 1903.

The area is home to two medical schools, one veterinary school, two nursing schools, two law schools—including Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, a Big Ten Conference university - (Michigan State University), the Michigan State Capitol, the state Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, a federal court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters of four national insurance companies. The seat of government of Ingham County is Mason, The land that was to become Lansing was surveyed as "Township 4 North Range 2 West" in February 1827 in what was then dense forest.

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.

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.

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