Once the US Marine Corp’s Camp Dunlap far out in the desert East of the Salton Sea. After it was abandoned by the Marines,all that were left from the Quonset hut buildings were the “Slab” foundations. Later it became home to both Squatters and Snowbirds. Both looking fora cheap place to live without restrictions. The Snowbirds in their RV’s ,the Squatters in whatever they could find. There is no power, No Water, No Sewer, no Trash Collection. Really no nothin. But people that are “Off the Grid” get quite resourceful and there is great use of Solar and Generators along with Peat Toilets. Satellite dishes, heck there is even a Internet Cafe, A Hostel and a 24 hour Library.
The first time I went to slab city, it kinda scared the heck out of me. The Sheriff’s cars buzz in and out leaving with the drunks out of control or the meth heads. In fact the first time I shot there I shot the entire time right from my truck. But it seems time have changed. It’s still a mighty strange place, It can be trashy, or it can be neat. But it seems to have settled into just a place to be free; as the sign says as you enter “The Last Free Place”. People are calm and just go about their business and mostly that’s just building and rebuilding and surviving. You can tell it’s different now. When I first started going there was nota tourist to be seen. Now, they frequent they place as so it also seems the Salton Sea. The Movie “Into the Wild” helped but so did people like myself who have been posting images and stories about the Sea and the Slabs and of course many are intrigued as I was some 10 years ago.
Take a little tour around with my images of…Slab City