Leslie: Introduction

Twenty-five minutes south of the state capital and fifteen minutes north of Jackson lies a small farm town off of US-127, home to just under 2000 residents. Leslie, Michigan provides visitors with the small town atmosphere just a short drive from popular Michigan cities. Its’ single stop light and welcome sign exclaiming “Leslie: The Place to Be” is the first thing to greet you when come off the highway. ¬†Friday night lights and holiday parades are typical events that bring together townspeople who call each other by first name. The high school spirit week’s ‘Drive Your Tractor to School’ day is one of the many examples of the towns agricultural roots, with corn fields stretching most back roads traveled down and surrounding almost all directions of the town’s high school. In Leslie, the saying ‘Everybody knows everybody” is almost always true and as Miranda Lambert sings in her hit single.. “Everybody Dies Famous in a Small Town,” one can get a feel of just what Leslie is all about.