The run (stream) from Roebuck Spring flows about 1,000 meters (1,094 yards) before joining Village Creek. Village Creek flows westward through Birmingham, feeding water to East Lake along the way. West of the city, the creek travels northward to join the Locust Fork near the Jefferson County line. A few miles downstream from this junction, the Locust Fork and Mulberry Fork join to form the Black Warrior River. The Black Warrior heads southward and spills into the Tombigbee River. These waters continue southward, eventually entering the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Mobile Bay.
When Birmingham was first settled, Village Creek provided an abundant source of water for the city. But as the city grew, much of the creek’s watershed was paved over, and it was used for disposal of industrial waste. Eventually, other sources of water were tapped to supply drinking water.
Village Creek once flowed freely throughout the year. Today, with much of its watershed paved, the creek is usually dry in its upper watershed unless there has been a recent rain. Downstream from where the creek is joined by Roebuck Spring’s run, Village Creek flows year-round.
-R. Scot Duncan