Leslie, Michigan

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Leslie is a city in Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,044 at the 2000 census. The city is surrounded by Leslie Township, but is politically autonomous.



The city of Leslie lies just east of U.S. 127 in Ingham County on gently rolling hills. The city is located 28 miles (45.0 kilometers) directly south of Lansing, and 17 miles (27.3 kilometers) directly north of Jackson.

There are numerous creeks that flow through the city. Huntoon Creek, draining out from Huntoon Lake off of East Kinneville carves its way through downtown Leslie and by the City Little League Baseball fields.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of which is land.


Leslie was first settled by Elijah Woodworth in 1836, who built the first log cabin in the city. It was originally named Meekerville after a famous pioneer to the area, Benjamin Meeker. Jerry G. Cornell named the town after a prominent Leslie family in eastern New York, his home state. The name Leslie was adopted officially when a post office was assigned to the area in 1841. Leslie was later incorporated as a village in 1869, and as a city nearly 100 years later in 1968.[3]


Varsity sports offered at Leslie include: Basketball, baseball, football, golf, tennis, cross country, track, and wrestling for the boys and basketball, softball, cheerleading, golf, tennis, cross country, track, and volleyball for the girls.

In 2008 The Leslie Blackhawks football team played for the division 6 state championship at Ford Field, but fell short to the Montague Wildcats 41-20. Distance running has been prominent in Leslie. An annual road race is held mid August during the annual Blackhawk Festival at the high school that runs through the outskirts of the city and finishes on the track. Leslie High School Men's cross country running teams have won 14 consecutive conference championships (1990-2003) and one class c state championship (1993).


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