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The location of Leeds









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Leeds.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Leeds, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Leeds and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Leeds and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Leeds. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Leeds.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Jefferson County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Jefferson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Leeds is near Saint Clair County and also Shelby County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Saint Clair County

Sighting report for Shelby County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Leeds.

How Far From Leeds to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Leeds to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Leeds and extending to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Leeds to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 646 miles [1,039.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,540 miles [10,525.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,248 miles [11,664.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,125 miles [8,247.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Leeds ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Leeds.

While the name Leeds is unique within Alabama, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Illinois

La Salle County

Our profile page for Leeds, La Salle County   [Map]

Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the North Northwest.

Iowa

Woodbury County

Our profile page for Leeds, Woodbury County   [Map]

Distance: About 817 miles [1,314.8 km] to the Northwest.

Kansas

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Leeds, Chautauqua County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Chautauqua County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Maine

Androscoggin County

Our profile page for Leeds, Androscoggin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,150 miles [1,850.7 km] to the Northeast.

Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Leeds, Anne Arundel County   [Map]

Distance: About 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the Northeast.

Cecil County

Our profile page for Leeds, Cecil County   [Map]

Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the Northeast.

Massachusetts

Hampshire County

Our profile page for Leeds, Hampshire County   [Map]

Distance: About 967 miles [1,556.2 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Jackson County

Our profile page for Leeds, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the Northwest.

New York

Greene County

Our profile page for Leeds, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the Northeast.

North Dakota

Benson County

Our profile page for Leeds, Benson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,216 miles [1,957 km] to the North Northwest.

Ohio

Noble County

Our profile page for Leeds, Noble County

This community is historic.<8>

Although located in Noble County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ontario

Our profile page for Leeds   [Map]

Distance: About 938 miles [1,509.6 km] to the North Northeast.

Oregon

Jackson County

Our profile page for Leeds, Jackson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Jackson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

South Carolina

Chester County

Our profile page for Leeds, Chester County   [Map]

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Tennessee

Warren County

Our profile page for Leeds, Warren County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Warren County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Utah

Washington County

Our profile page for Leeds, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,524 miles [2,452.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Wisconsin

Columbia County

Our profile page for Leeds, Columbia County   [Map]

Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Leeds ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Battleground   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Leeds   [Map]

Braggsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Cedar Grove (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Heritage Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hundred Oaks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Liberty Highlands   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Maplewood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Moody   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Moore Corner   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Mountain Forest   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Oak Crossing   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Queenstown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rock Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Roper   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Rose Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Saddlebrook   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Woodland Village   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Leeds. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Mary Anderson

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<9>

Inez McConico Andrews

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday April 14, 1929 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Inez McConico Andrews

Mary Badham

Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Frances Westerman Bergen

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at an age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen

Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr.

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday November 22, 1950 and died in Gary (Indiana) on Saturday September 23, 1978 at an age of 27. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr.

Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 30, 1917 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Thursday January 21, 2010 at an age of 92. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)

Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter

William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge

Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge

William Benjamin 'Ben' Chapman

Major League Baseball. He was born in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday December 25, 1908 and died in Hoover (Alabama) on Wednesday July 7, 1993 at an age of 84. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Hoover [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Benjamin 'Ben' Chapman

Ethlyne Clair

Actress. She was born in Talladega (Alabama) on Wednesday November 23, 1904 and died in Tarzana (California) on Tueday February 27, 1996 at an age of 91. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Talladega [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ethlyne Clair

Joseph John Domnanovich

Professional football. He was born in South Bend (Indiana) on Tueday March 18, 1919 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday January 20, 2009 at an age of 89. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph John Domnanovich

Dennis Edwards

Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield (Alabama) on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at an age of 75.

Fairfield [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Leeds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards

Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Leeds

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Leeds: www.leedsalabama.com/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Leeds) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Leeds. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Leeds

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leeds. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5434, Longitude: -86.5636     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Leeds have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Leeds to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.535 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.127 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.196 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Leeds could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Leeds, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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