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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Saturday, November 6, 1993

I visited Lansing by myself in November 1993 on my See The Capitals trip after moving back to Chattanooga from Seattle. Went from Charleston, WV to Columbus, OH and then got into Lansing very late in the evening, after dark. It was spitting snow and I had to park my car far from my motel room and lug my luggage in the dark and cold.

Next morning I went to the capitol at the hours it claimed to be open, but it was closed due to some special event. There was a guard at the door and I told her I was a travel writer and really wanted to see it, and that I had to get into Pennsylvania before evening. Bless her heart, she let me in around noon and even guided me around. (Not like South Carolina later on!) The outside looks drab but inside is very beautiful. I thanked her profusely for her time and courtesy.

I made it to Youngstown, Ohio by dark that night, snow still threatening. Next day I drove across the Allegheny Mountains (and through many tunnels!) to Harrisburg.

Facts:
Michigan was the TWENTH-SIXTH state.
Date: January 26, 1837
State Nickname: Wolverine State
Key Words: Olds, automobiles, University, Botanical, Cows, Ledges

When Lansing became capital of Michigan in 1847, the "city" had one log house and a sawmill. The capitol, dedicated in 1879, was one of the first to emulate the dome and wings of the US Capitol. Its interior walls reflect the work of many artisans, muralists, and portrait painters.

Ransom Eli Olds, who built and marketed one of America's earliest automobiles, started the city's industrial growth. In the Transportation Museum, see Oldsmobile, REO, Star and Durant autos, and a display of Olds' Victorian home.

Michigan State University (42,000 students), the country's first agricultural college, is located here on a 5,300-acre campus that has 7,800 different species and varieties of trees and shrubs. See the Horticultural and Botanical Gardens; catch the Milking of Cows at the Dairy Barn.

Edging the Grand River, 10 miles out of town, are The Ledges. The 300-million-year-old quartz sandstone formations offer good rock climbing for the experienced.

Lansing, Michigan
Population 118,588
Elevation 860
Eastern and Central time zones
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