There is a place hidden in the middle of the California desert that once thrived as military base during World War II. The military base was abandoned after the war and is now home to a vast array of people who have chosen to live off of the grid and out of the governments watchful eye.
This art filled, isolated area is called ‘Slab City’ and it is one of the most unique cities in all of America. The strangest attraction to Slab City is probably the fact that there are zero laws there. Slab City is not governed by any jurisdiction. Literally, anything goes.
Slab City is 156-miles Northeast of San Diego and since the war ended, squatters have flocked to the dismantled military base. The area is now filled with stunningly strange art displays and some very unique residents.
Roughly 150 permanent residents who live in “The Slabs” year round. Some of these “Slabbers” derive their living from government programs and have been driven to “The Slabs” by poverty. Others have moved to “The Slabs” to learn how to live off the grid and be left alone. Still others have moved there to stretch their retirement income.
The site is both decommissioned and uncontrolled, and there is no charge for parking. The site has no official electricity, running water, sewers, toilets or trash pickup service. Many residents use generators or solar panels to generate electricity. The closest body of civilization with proper law enforcement is approximately four miles southwest of Slab City in Niland where the residents often go to do basic shopping.