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Ransom Olds

Ransom Olds

The road, cutting across downtown Lansing, was given the name "Olds Freeway' in honor of Ransom E. Olds. The new freeway reflected a national trend as workers moved out of the cities to suburban homes. I-496 spurred growth in the suburbs, but claimed many streets, homes and businesses in the city. The Olds Mansion and the heart of Lansing's African American community were torn out by the freeway's construction.


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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 7-12-2020