Slab City Usa No Laws

In fact, the­re are no laws in Slab City. It‘s a place for peop­le who have lost their hap­pi­ness, who want to escape socie­ty, and ever­yo­ne in bet­ween. Its name comes from the con­cre­te slabs left by the Mari­ne Corps bar­racks at Camp Dun­lap during World War II. Several cam­pers, tra­velers and squat­ters occu­py the area, many of whom are reti­red. This is pri­ma­ri­ly a com­mu­ni­ty of snow­birds, mea­ning they stay in Slab City during the col­der win­ter mon­ths befo­re moving north in the sum­mer. Tem­pe­ra­tures during a Slab City sum­mer can reach an unf­or­gi­ving 48 degrees Cel­si­us! The town of Per­ma-Bur­ning Man was once a U.S. Navy camp. Howe­ver, the aban­do­ned land, loca­ted about 140 miles east of San Die­go, is now a refu­ge for law­less­ness. No one pays rent. No one enfor­ces the rules. Pri­or to the offi­cial ent­ry of the United Sta­tes into World War II, the United Sta­tes Mari­ne Corps plan­ned a trai­ning ground for field and anti-air­craft artil­le­ry units in an area acces­si­ble by air­craft taking off from air­craft car­ri­ers near San Diego.

[5] To crea­te the trai­ning base, 631,345 acres (255,496 ha) were acqui­red. The government announ­ced that the base would be named after Mari­ne Corps Bri­ga­dier Gene­ral Robert Hen­ry Dun­lap. After the con­struc­tion of Camp Dun­lap, it was com­mis­sio­ned on 15 Octo­ber 1942. The camp had ful­ly func­tio­n­al buil­dings, water, roads and sewa­ge collec­tions. The base was used for three years during the war. By 1949, mili­ta­ry ope­ra­ti­ons at Camp Dun­lap had been drasti­cal­ly redu­ced, but a redu­ced crew con­ti­nued until the base was dismantled.[5] By 1956, all the buil­dings had been dis­mant­led, but the panels remai­ned. [5] Many resi­dents use gene­ra­tors or solar panels to gene­ra­te electri­ci­ty. Clean water is drai­ned from a reser­voir in the parish church. [22] The clo­sest civi­liz­a­ti­on body with pro­per law enfor­ce­ment is loca­ted about 6.4 miles sou­thwest of Slab City in Niland, whe­re resi­dents often went shop­ping star­ting in 1990.

[16] 30 years later, in 2020, resi­dents were still recei­ving basic neces­si­ties from Niland, a town of about 1,000 peop­le. [22] Slab City, also known as The Slabs, is an unin­cor­po­ra­ted, off-grid alter­na­ti­ve life­style community[1] com­po­sed lar­ge­ly of snowbirds[2] in the Sal­ton Trough area of the Sono­ran Desert in Impe­ri­al Coun­ty, Cali­for­nia. It takes its name from the con­cre­te slabs left behind after the demo­li­ti­on of the Dun­lap trai­ning camp of the Mari­ne Corps camp of World War II. [3] Slab City is known for attrac­ting peop­le who want to live out­side the domi­nant socie­ty. [4] Hai­ley: Sin­ce Slab City was a rela­tively lar­ge mili­ta­ry instal­la­ti­on, I am impres­sed by the size of the infra­st­ruc­tu­re. Alt­hough it no lon­ger func­tions as a base, the infra­st­ruc­tu­re of a func­tio­n­al city is still the­re – or at least some of the rem­nants – and yet it is com­ple­te­ly off-grid in almost every aspect of ser­vices, but [the lay­out] is a grid. Ulti­mate­ly, the pla­tes them­sel­ves are the auto­no­mous infra­st­ruc­tu­re that gave it its name. We were fasci­na­ted by the idea of con­cre­te on sand.

Con­cre­te is archi­tec­tu­ral­ly dura­ble, and yet [the slabs] float on the sand. The­se are real­ly invi­ta­ti­ons to the Rules of Pro­ce­du­re. They pro­vi­de a floor and add some sta­bi­li­ty to an incredi­b­ly ephe­me­ral place. Slab City also has more infra­st­ruc­tu­re than you might think at first glance: there‘s a river sho­wer whe­re you can swim, there‘s a libra­ry, a hos­tel with inter­net, the­re are tours, they have their own Face­book com­mu­ni­ty page, and Ama­zon actual­ly deli­vers to Slabs! Solar ener­gy has defi­ni­te­ly chan­ged the game in slabs. A few years ago, electri­ci­ty was a rare thing out the­re and worked exclu­si­ve­ly from gene­ra­tors, but now many peop­le have very beau­ti­ful and lar­ge solar sys­tems that make off-grid life so much easier. Leo­nard Knight, one of the first sett­lers who crea­ted the art instal­la­ti­on Sal­va­ti­on Moun­tain, was fea­tured in Sean Penn‘s Into the Wild in 2007. An obitua­ry of Knight sta­tes that he “spent near­ly 30 years buil­ding the color­ful mountain.[8] Built of clay and dona­ted paint, Knight worked all day on the moun­tain, every day. He even slept at the foot of the moun­tain in the back of a van, without electri­ci­ty or run­ning water. [8] Ever sin­ce I heard about Slab City, a self-con­tai­ned com­mu­ni­ty in the midd­le of the Sou­thern Cali­for­nia desert, I‘ve been curious about what life is real­ly like here.