If you are looking to get away, get off the grid, and not worry about paying your rent anymore, slab city may be just the place for you.
"It takes awhile to get to the last free place in America. It's 140 miles east of San Diego where farmland turns to dusty towns, which turns to parched desert. It used to be a Marine training base called Camp Dunlap. The military pulled out after World War II and left concrete slabs behind. Years later, those slabs drew snowbirds in RVs looking for a free place to park and stretch retirement dollars. They also inspired what would become the community’s name: Slab City.
Some come to the Slabs to escape modern society. Many are destitute. Others just don’t want to be found. A few are fugitives or drug addicts. Others are young nomads. There’s even a population of modern day hobos - Slabbers call them "train kids" - who come through on a regular basis. People have lived on Slab City’s 640 acres for decades. They are squatters on state-owned land. They don’t pay rent, and so it’s often referred to as "the last free place in America." [via kpbs.org read the full story here. ]
Find out more as Vice explores this bizarre, lawless land in the California desert: