Slab City

Right now, one of my biggest goals and dreams is to drive across the country and spend a few nights at slab city.  I know what you’re thinking, probably the same thing everyone else does when I tell them this, “What in the world is Slab City??”.  Great question!  I thought I would share this with you all.

 Slab City or The Slabs is a camp in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs and pylons that remain from the abandoned World War II base Marine Barracks Camp Dunlap there. A group of servicemen remained after the base closed, and the place has been inhabited ever since, although the number of residents has declined since the mid 1980s.  Located just east of State Route 111, the entrance to Slab City is easily recognized by the colorful Salvation Mountain, a small hill approximately three stories high which is entirely covered in acrylic paint, concrete and adobe and festooned with Bible verses. It is an ongoing project of over two decades by permanent resident Leonard Knight.  Slab City was featured in the book Into the Wild and also in the 2007 movie of the same name. The video for Fourth of July by Shooter Jennings is partially set at Slab City.

Here are some more pictures!



4 responses to “Slab City

  1. we were driving through the desert to go fishing and we came upon this mountain, we didnt know what it was, so we got out of the car to take pictures and leanard knight came to greet us, he took us for a tour.He said he made the mountain and musuem out of bales of hay and clay from the ground.The man is amazing.Slab city is something to see,i did not know people still live like that.Its worth checking out,I enjoyed it.

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