Slab City, also known as The Slabs, was once a World War II U.S. Marine base called Camp Dunlap. Now about all that is left of Camp Dunlap are the concrete slabs from the old barracks buildings.
It is near the Sonoran Desert town of Niland located between the Salton Sea and a military bombing range.
Slab City is home to about 150 year-round residents and about 2,000 during the winter months when the “snow birds” arrive.
One of occupants created a large mound made from piles of trash. It is called Salvation Mountain shown above. People donate the paint and he adds to the mountain with adobe mixed with straw to hold it together. Two photos of Salvation Mountain are shown above.
The next two photos show that some of the Slab City 'works of art' are actually inhabitable.
The last photos show the old water treatment plant used by Camp Dunlap in the 1940's. It hasn't been in operation for several decades.
Water must be carried in and there is no sewer system. A walk out into the desert with a shovel serves as a toilet for most of the occupants of Slab City.