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The incident ended with the shooting of the elephant by Lansing police.

The first agreement consisted of the temporary transfer of 1,888.2 acres of Lansing Capital Region International Airport to the city from De Witt Township in 2011.

Over the next decades, the city would be transformed into a major American industrial center for the manufacturing of automobiles and parts, among other industries. By 1956, the city had grown to 15 square miles (39 km Today, the city's economy is diversified among government service, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, banking, and education.

On September 26, 1963, a 12-year-old, 3,000-pound female dancing elephant named Rajje (alternately reported as Raji and Little Rajjee, among other variations) rebelled against her trainer during a performance in a shopping-center circus near what was then Logan Street and Holmes Road in Lansing, and escaped into the streets, aggravated by the frenzied pursuit of nearly 4,000 local residents.

The United States had recaptured the city in 1813, but these events led to the dire need to have the center of government relocate from hostile British territory.

There was also concern with Detroit's strong influence over Michigan politics, being the state's largest city as well as the capital city.

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.

It was the last of the county's townships to be surveyed, and the land was not offered for sale until October 1830.

Those who stayed quickly renamed the area "Lansing Township" in honor of their home village in New York.