Slab City is an empty town in the middle of the Colorado desert in southeast California made up of RV owners, squatters, poverty-stricken individuals and retirees who want to get away from the domestic city life.
There’s no electricity or running water and people really have to fend for themselves.
Most of the population is only there during the winter because of the scorching temperatures, but Wikipedia claims that there are about 150 permanent residents.
The folks at VICE traveled to Slab City to understand why people choose to live in this so-called “high-tech hobo camp.” Here’s what they found.
Slab City is in the middle of the Colorado Desert, where summer temperatures can get completely unbearable.
Slab City is about five miles away from the nearest civilized town, so this guy gets around in a motorised scooter with a built-in cooler for his beer.
Mobile homes in Slab City, like the one owned by Scooter Guy, do not have running water or electricity, but people use generators or solar panels to stay a little bit current.
They call this guy The Snake Man. He finds snakes and drives them away from Slab City for safety. The Diamondback around his neck is Snake Man's pet.
As the sun began to set in Slab City, everyone gathered for a communal meal and some entertainment on a makeshift stage.
On the other side of town, Slab City has several hot springs where people can take a dip and relax in the evening hours. Temperatures in the water are 110-115 degrees, a luxurious hot tub in the middle of nowhere.
After a dip in the spring, some residents took a trip to the local dope house, where meth was being sold.
You can't end off a night in the wilderness of Slab City without a bonfire party. Such is a day in the life of quite possibly the most desolate city in America.
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