Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City'

 

Lansing's growth stemmed from the legislatures decision to relocate the capital from Detroit to Lansing Township.
Lansing's growth stemmed from the legislatures decision to relocate the capital from Detroit to Lansing Township.
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The Wikipedia page for Lansing, Mich. reads that "in the winter of 1835 and early 1836, two brothers from New York plotted the area now known as REO Town just south of downtown Lansing and named it 'Biddle City.' All of this land lay in a floodplain and was underwater during the majority of the year. Regardless, the brothers went back to New York, specifically Lansing, New York, to sell plots for the town that did not exist.”

This story may sound familiar to many, but it turns out it’s not true. David Votta, Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, sat down with Current State’s Emanuele Berry to debunked the myth of Lansing’s foundation.

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