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Surrounded by Leslie Township, the city of Leslie, Michigan includes two separate parts, with the main section east of US-127 and a smaller section west of the highway.

Located in southern Ingham County, Leslie is a few miles from Jackson County, in the south-central portion of the Lower Peninsula.

The Royston Drain, Huntoon Creek, and some smaller waterways flow through the village.

Besides US-127, other routes to and from the village include Churchhill Road, Hull Road, Kirby Road, State Road (Russell Street), West Bellevue Road (West Bellevue Street), and West Fitchburg Road (Mill Street). Cities and villages within twenty miles of Leslie include Mason, Dansville, Stockbridge, Eaton Rapids, Jackson, and Springport.

The first permanent European settler in the area that was to become Leslie was probably Elijah Woodworth, who built a log cabin in 1836. As others moved into the area, the community became known as Meekersville, for Benjamin Meeker, another pioneer settler. When a post office was established there on January 11, 1841, it was renamed Leslie, at the suggestion of Dr. Jerry G. Cornell, who named it for a prominent family in his home state of New York. Henry Fiske was the first postmaster in Leslie.

Leslie was incorporated as a village in 1869, and as a city in 1968.

Since it first appeared on a census roll in 1880 with a population of 1,113, the community has remained stable, showing a trend toward steady growth, with decreases in 1890, 1910, 1990, and 2010, with a population of 1,891 in 2010.

The city has a full-time police department staffed by a police chief, two full-time officers, and other part-time officers. The Leslie Fire Department is a cooperative effort between the city and the township. The volunteer, paid-on-call department is headquartered in a facility at Oak and Kirby Streets. The LFD also has mutual aid agreements with most of the surrounding communities.

The Leslie Public School District serves the city and most of the township, along with portions of both Ingham and Jackson Counties. White Pine Academy is a public school academy in Leslie. Founded in 1999, it is chartered by Saginaw Valley State University.

Many of the city's recreational facilities and programs are cooperative efforts between the city, township, and public school district. When school is not in session, many of the facilities operated by the school district are open for use by the public.

The Jackson & Lansing Railroad provides freight service to customers along a 47-mile track formerly operated by Norfolk Southern. In Jackson, the J&L connects with Norfolk Southern, and with CSX and Canadian National in Lansing.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the city of Leslie, Michigan. Online resources representing the municipal government or any other governmental entities based in Leslie, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organization, attractions, events, and sport and recreational facilities and programs, are appropriate for this category.



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