Leeds, class of 2008, designated 2013, leedsalabama.org
Incorporated in 1887 as the primary population center of an area known as the Cahaba Valley, a region of fertile bottomland nourished by the Cahaba and Little Cahaba rivers, the City of Leeds is a tri-county municipality straddling the borders of Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties. The discovery of rich and valuable natural resources accelerated the region’s growth in the mid- to late-1800s. Leeds was named for the noted industrial city of England where a bricklayer invented the Portland cement process.
With a population of just over 12,300, Leeds offers many opportunities for nature enthusiasts. From Lake Purdy to Leeds/Moody 411, bicycling, canoeing, horseback riding, nature photography and fishing abound. Canoe launches and boat landings are available near Lake Purdy and Leeds’ parks offer picnic sites on the Little Cahaba River where monuments, flags and interpretive exhibits tell some of the local stories. Leeds is also home to world-famous Barber Motorsports Museum & Racetrack, a 750-acre park featuring an official IndyCar track with multiple annual races; a vintage museum highlighting 1,400 exhibits featuring the very best of racing history; and year-round events for the whole family to enjoy.
1040 Park Drive Leeds, AL 35094 | 205-699-2585