Fun Facts about Lansing, Michigan Even Locals Don't Know

Most people know Lansing is Michigan’s capital city and has an automotive heritage. But here are some fun details about Lansing that are sure to make you want to visit.

In the meantime, these fun facts will come in handy at your next cocktail party, Trivial Pursuit game or Jeopardy challenge. If you live in Lansing, you may even be surprised by some of these.

Centrally Located in Lansing, Michigan

You can make a day trip to Grand Rapids or many west coast beach towns for a fun day at the beach. Detroit is another place to explore with museums and restaurants.

Speed Demons

The shiny red 1938 REO Speedwagon fire truck is on display. Other REO Speedwagons at the museum include the 1923 REO Speedwagon Flat Bed.

Capitol Building

With nine acres of hand-painted ceilings, walls, columns, and woodwork, artistic talents were at work in the construction.

Tallest Building

The building became the Michigan National Tower and has since been renamed Boji Tower for the building’s current owners.

Rare Black Rhinos

Helping Rhinos, an international rhino charity, estimates that today’s black rhinos population is approximately 5,630. Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo has two of these critically endangered black rhinos.

Famous Women from Lansing, Michigan

Rosie, the Riveter on the “We Can Do It” poster, promoted women working in manufacturing during World War II. The woman on that poster was Lansing resident Geraldine Doyle.

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