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'''Shades Creek''' is a 56.4 mile-long stream running southwest through [[Shades Valley]] to the [[Cahaba River]] near the [[Shelby County]]/[[Bibb County]] line.
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'''Shades Creek''' is a 56.4 mile-long stream running southwest through [[Shades Valley]] to the [[Cahaba River]] near the [[Shelby County]]/[[Bibb County]] line. Shades Creek starts near the [[Birmingham Race Course]] and runs through [[Irondale]], [[Birmingham]], [[Mountain Brook]], [[Homewood]], [[Hoover]], and [[Bessemer]].
 
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Shades Creek starts near the [[Birmingham Race Course]] and runs through [[Irondale]], [[Birmingham]], [[Mountain Brook]], [[Homewood]], [[Hoover]], and [[Bessemer]].  The [[Freshwater Land Trust]] has purchased several acres of land along the creek, primarily behind [[Wildwood Shopping Center]] and in [[Shannon]] for permanent conservation.  Homewood is building the [[Shades Creek Greenway]] along the waterway to connect [[Jemison Park]] in Mountain Brook with [[West Homewood Park]].
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== History ==
 
From [[1915]] to the 1940s, Shades Creek was dammed at [[Columbiana Road]], just downstream of [[Griffin Creek]] to form [[Edgewood Lake]], a popular recreational resort during the 1920s and 30s.
 
From [[1915]] to the 1940s, Shades Creek was dammed at [[Columbiana Road]], just downstream of [[Griffin Creek]] to form [[Edgewood Lake]], a popular recreational resort during the 1920s and 30s.
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In recent years, the [[Freshwater Land Trust]] has purchased several acres of land along the creek, primarily behind [[Wildwood Shopping Center]] and in [[Shannon]] for permanent conservation.  The Land Trust is also working to remove Japanese privet, a highly invasive, non-native plant, along stretches of Shades Creek in Bessemer and to restore the creek to its original pathway.  Other work along the creek includes Homewood's construction of the [[Shades Creek Greenway]] to connect [[Jemison Park]] in Mountain Brook with [[West Homewood Park]].
  
 
== Sites along Shades Creek ==
 
== Sites along Shades Creek ==
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*[[Shades Creek Greenway]]
 
*[[Shades Creek Greenway]]
 
*[[Homewood High School]]
 
*[[Homewood High School]]
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*[[University Park]]
 
*[[Wildwood Shopping Center]]
 
*[[Wildwood Shopping Center]]
  
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*[http://www.riversofalabama.org/Cahaba/Tributaries.htm Cahaba Tributaries] at the Rivers of Alabama web site
 
*[http://www.riversofalabama.org/Cahaba/Tributaries.htm Cahaba Tributaries] at the Rivers of Alabama web site
 
*[http://www.homewoodchamber.org/content.asp?id=81557 Greenway Walking Trail] at the Homewood Chamber of Commerce web site
 
*[http://www.homewoodchamber.org/content.asp?id=81557 Greenway Walking Trail] at the Homewood Chamber of Commerce web site
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*[http://www.freshwaterlandtrust.org/index.html Freshwater Land Trust] web site.  Accessed November 8, 2006.
  
 
[[Category:Streams]]
 
[[Category:Streams]]

Revision as of 14:41, 8 November 2006

Shades Creek is a 56.4 mile-long stream running southwest through Shades Valley to the Cahaba River near the Shelby County/Bibb County line. Shades Creek starts near the Birmingham Race Course and runs through Irondale, Birmingham, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Hoover, and Bessemer.

History

From 1915 to the 1940s, Shades Creek was dammed at Columbiana Road, just downstream of Griffin Creek to form Edgewood Lake, a popular recreational resort during the 1920s and 30s.

In recent years, the Freshwater Land Trust has purchased several acres of land along the creek, primarily behind Wildwood Shopping Center and in Shannon for permanent conservation. The Land Trust is also working to remove Japanese privet, a highly invasive, non-native plant, along stretches of Shades Creek in Bessemer and to restore the creek to its original pathway. Other work along the creek includes Homewood's construction of the Shades Creek Greenway to connect Jemison Park in Mountain Brook with West Homewood Park.

Sites along Shades Creek

Starting upstream (from the north):

Streets running alongside Shades Creek

Major roads crossing Shades Creek

Starting upstream (from the north):

References