We set out from Bombay Beach headed towards Slab City. Slab City, referred to as The Last Free Place in America, is an “off the grid” community not far from the Salton Sea. We took a slight detour along the way, and ended up exploring a large abandoned warehouse. After I had my fill of graffiti and asbestos, we hit the road once again towards our original destination.
The land that Slab City sits on was once a military training facility. The site has long been decommissioned and remains uncontrolled.The concrete slabs that remain from its military use are what gives the unofficial city its name.
There is no electricity, water, or trash service. But hundreds of people call Slab City home in winter months. There’s a community library, multiple camps, hostels, and even an internet cafe. I felt like a bit of an oogle passing through, but it was cool to see the handmade community that is Slab City.