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Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

I-496 Olds Freeway

Rolling Through the City

 

—The I-496 freeway loop opened in late 1970. —

 
I-496 Olds Freeway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 9, 2017
1. I-496 Olds Freeway Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 43.589′ N, 84° 33.127′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of South Washington Avenue and E. St. Joseph Street, on the right when traveling north on South Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the NE corner of Washington and St. Joe. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan Manufacturer's Association (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michigan Sheriffs' Association (about 700 feet away); Woodbury-Kerns House
I-496 Olds Freeway Marker along E. St. Joe. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 9, 2017
2. I-496 Olds Freeway Marker along E. St. Joe.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Ford 1863-1947 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olds Returns to Lansing (approx. ¼ mile away); Ransom Eli Olds Breakthrough (approx. 0.3 miles away); E. Genevieve Gillette 1898-1986 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michigan Pharmacists Association (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
Also see . . .  I-496 from Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 14, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
 
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I-496 Olds Freeway Marker along S. Washington. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 9, 2017
3. I-496 Olds Freeway Marker along S. Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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