NILAND Off and on for three months Clint Slaughenhaupt has lived in an abandoned trailer in Slab City.
When he hasn’t been at the Slabs he has been traveling in San Diego, Virginia and New York City. Slaughenhaupt is originally from Colorado.
Despite all of the places he has visited he has found none like Slab City.
“It’s definitely the last place of its kind,” he said.
Slab City, which is by no means an actual city, is a former military base that is now a free camping area utilized by snowbirds, wanderers and others.
The reasons for living in the area are as varied as the characters that live there. The lack of authority, the cheap living, the distance from society and the quietness of the desert are just a few that were named by those who reside there.
A woman that declined to give her name and has lived at the Slabs year-round for a year and four months said she came to the Slabs to see what it and the people that lived there were like. She also wanted to know if she could live somewhere, like the Slabs, that has no electricity or running water.