Slab City is a coming together of people from all walks of life. It is an unofficial community. I'll say right up front that I don't understand it, but am open minded to people's lifestyle choices and will attempt to understand. All the pictures you see are from the Internet. It just didn't feel right to me to be stopping in front of individual's homes, no matter what they consist of, to take pictures.
There aren't active businesses like one expects on a Main Street, but there is this large deserted looking building. Main Street turns into Beal Street and there is a sign indicating the dump is ahead.
A bit further down Beal Road are these high powered electrical lines. My first thought is that the people of Slab City are not choosing the lifestyle from a health conscious or aesthetics mindset or they wouldn't choose to live close to a power station.
A bit further is the Niland Gas Turbine Plant! Same thought as before. If you are going to choose to live in a desert, why not pick a beautiful location?
The concrete building on the right is just past Salvation Mountain and is an old guard house from the military base. It seems to denote the beginning of Slab City.
Just down the road from the Snowbirds would be rigs that require financial backing. This person has the means for a nice Fifth Wheel, truck, solar panels, and an exterior water tank that is serviced by a company. It is the square plastic container behind the rig surrounded by metal mesh. This person may work in the area.
Boundaries and clutter start to appear, as well as, signs.
The flag seems poignant. Proud to be an American!
Again, why choose to live amongst strewn about trash? Life can be simple without surrounding oneself with junk!
Next came the nicer tent area.
Here is an open lot with the property boundaries denoted with cans.
The tent areas decline into communal clusters. Human waste disposal is an issue. The environment and sanitation is an issue near these camps. It has become a source of contention between those with self contained rigs and those that dwell in tents.
There are those with tents and those without! They are clustered together. Are they together in a like mindedness or in support of one another? It starts to make one think of what one has to offer, if living in a community such as this.
The community has its artistic expression.
Here is the Tree of Soles.
East Jesus is a sculpture garden within Slab City and a compound for artists.
There is a 24-7 library. I'm still baffled by people living off the grid, but being communal and incorporating many aspect of general society.
I guess people are people and there will be those that are respectful and those that aren't.
There is this sign for a golf course and one for a movie theater that makes you wonder if something has been put together for these purposes.
This is the shower. It is a deep culvert where water runs off from the hot springs.
Here is how it works! If you wear your clothes, it serves as a laundry, too!
The Range in Slab City is known for its weekend gatherings and entertainment!
Here is the sign on the guard house as one leaves Slab City! Slab City definitely tweaks one's mind and leaves one with more questions than answers. If you want to learn more, here is a website developed by a Slab City resident to answer our questions: Slab City