Lansing Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Lansing Township is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,292 at the 2000 census. The largest city contained partially within the township is Austin with 23,314 people. The southern part of Austin is in Austin Township. Lansing Township also contains the town of Mapleview (population 189) and the unincorporated areas of Ramsey, Corning, and Lansing.

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History

In 1853 H.O. "Hunter" Clark built a log cabin near what is now Oakwood Cemetery and the following year John Pettibone, an Ohio man, bought a claim in what is today the unincorporated village of Lansing on Mower County Highway 2. Clark's claim was sold to William Baudler in 1855 and Pettibone sold his Lansing claim to D.M.V. Stewart and A.B. Vaughan in 1857 and returned to Ohio. Vaughan (the name Lansing is taken from Alanson, his first name) had an engine hauled by oxen team from Wabasha, Minnesota and built the Lansing Steam Mill that was operated until 1860 before it was converted to a grist mill. A.B. Vaughan donated the land for Lansing Cemetery.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.3 square miles (83.8 km²), of which, 32.2 square miles (83.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,292 people, 488 households, and 374 families residing in the township. The population density was 40.1 people per square mile (15.5/km²). There were 514 housing units at an average density of 15.9/sq mi (6.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.29% White, 0.70% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

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