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Here are some fun facts about Lansing, New York to enjoy and share

Lansing was settled in 1791

Lansing, NY spans 60.7 square miles, more than 25 square miles more than Lansing, MI.  But the Michigan Lansing had 108607 more residents in the 2000 census.

Lansing has 14 miles of lakefront along Cayuga Lake

In the 2000 census the Town of Lansing had a population of about 10,500 people, with nearly 3,500 of those living in the Village of Lansing

The area known as South Lansing used to be called Libertyville

The Field one-room school house, now on display next to Lansing Town Hall, was originally on Peruville Road

Lansing Community Library Center was the Town Hall.  Before that it was a school

Lansing's Cargill Salt Mine is the deepest salt mine in the United States

The Town of Lansing formed in 1817 when Tompkins County was formed

Matt Christopher, one of the most prolific authors of sports books in the world, was from Lansing

The Cargill Salt Mine opened in 1919

John Duthe is the first golfer to become State Champion in his sophomore and senior high school years.  He graduated in 2007

The Village of Lansing elections take place in April.  Town elections are in November

The Watchtower Bible College of Gilead trained Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries in Lansing from 1942 until the 1970s when it moved to New York City

Place names in the Town of Lansing include Asbury, Buck Corners, Dublin Corners, East Lansing, Head Corners, Howland Corners, Howser Corners, Lake Ridge, Lansing Station, Lansingville, Ludlowville, McKinneys, Midway, Munson Corners, Myers, Norten, North Lansing, Portland Point, Smith Corners, South Lansing, and Terpening Corners

The waterfall at Ludlowville Park was used as a backdrop by Wharton Studios in silent movies

The Lansing Bobcats were named in the 1950s when Linda Philip, now Linda Strauf who owns Linda's Diner, won a contest to rename the Lansing Trojans

The Cayuga Salt Company processed salt on Salt Point from 1891 through 1962

The North Log Cabin, originally built in 1791, is the oldest surviving building in Tompkins and Cayuga Counties.  It was reassembled in Myers Park in 2009.

Actor Tim DeKay is from Lansing.

The Lansing Sports Hall of Fame, located in lansing High School, honors individual and team players from Lansing history

Lansing has a town historian, with an office in the Town Records building near the Town Hall

There used to be more than 20 schools in Lansing, and some still exist today, though not as active school houses.

Rogue's Harbor Inn was built in 1830 by Samuel Kelsey for General D.D. Minier

Lansingville was originally known as Teetertown

Ludlowville was originally settled by Silas, Henry, and Thomas Ludlow in 1791

Lansing Station began in 1829 as a ferry landing that went to Frog's Point (now Camp Barton) on the west side of Cayuga Lake

Esty's, where the former Greystone Restaurant is located, was originally called Forest City

The Hillcrest area was originally known as Bean Hill

The Town of Lansing was named  in 1817 after a respected Supreme Court Judge of the time, John Lansing

When the North family migrated west to Michigan, they named their new town Lansing, after their home town in New York

Ludlowville was a commercial center with sawmills, gristmills, a store, post office, and churches

Brigham Young grew up in Lansing, attending the Drake schoolhouse.  His mother is buried in White Settlement Cemetery on Dates Rd.

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