THE SLABS: THE LAST FREE PLACE IN AMERICA
THE SLABS: THE LAST FREE PLACE IN AMERICA is based on "Slab City" and the community that has formed around the abandoned and decommissioned concrete slabs of the World War II barracks of Camp Dunlap.
Originally constructed in 1942, Camp Dunlap was expected to prepare US Marine Corps for combat duty. In 1956 all buildings were ordered to be dismantled. The slabs remained. In 1965 Riverside County ordered people to leave a camping area in Painted Canyon near Mecca, California. These people had all sorts of living arrangements including trailers, cardboard and plywood shacks, an assortment of vehicles and school buses. Some migrated to Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea, others to the abandoned Camp Dunlap, now known as Slab City. The subculture that has formed in Slab City enables an individual to be in part free from the burdens of "traditional society". The land for now remains uncontrolled and as legend has it very well may be The Last Free Place in America.