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East Lansing, Michigan, USA - Library and Museum, Michigan State College

The settlement of East Lansing began around 1847, the same year nearby Lansing was made the capital of the state of Michigan. Downtown East Lansing was an important junction of two major Native American groups: the Potawatomi and Fox. By 1850, the Lansing and Howell Plank Road Company was established to connect a toll road to the Detroit and Howell Plank Road, improving travel between Detroit and Lansing, which cut right through what is now East Lansing. The toll road was finished in 1853, and included seven tollhouses between Lansing and Howell.

Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and established in what is now East Lansing in 1857.

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By 1850, the Lansing and Howell Plank Road Company was established to connect a toll road to the Detroit and Howell Plank Road, improving travel between Detroit and Lansing, which cut right through what is now East Lansing.
The toll road was finished in 1853, and included seven tollhouses between Lansing and Howell.
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Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and established in what is now East Lansing in 1857

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In 1907, incorporation as a city was proposed under the name "College Park"; the legislature approved the charter but changed the name to "East Lansing."

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in East Lansing:
Michigan State University (MSU) Campus: Start your visit by exploring the beautiful MSU campus. Stroll around the iconic Beaumont Tower, visit the Spartan Stadium, and check out the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The campus is known for its stunning architecture and lush green spaces.

Spartan Football Game: If you're in town during the fall, don't miss the chance to attend a Michigan State Spartans football game at Spartan Stadium. The electric atmosphere is something you'll remember.

Spartan Basketball Game: Basketball fans can catch a Michigan State Spartans basketball game at the Breslin Center. The energy and passion of the fans make it an unforgettable experience.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum: This contemporary art museum, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. The unique building itself is a work of art, and the exhibitions inside are always thought-provoking.

Potter Park Zoo: Located just a short drive from East... Read MORE...

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