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History of Slab City

Slab City is actually the abandoned Camp Dunlap Marine Training Facility, formerly located 3 miles east of Niland, California. This 640-acre compound, located approximately 120 feet below sea level in the desert near Salton Sea, began operating October 15, 1942 as a training ground for US troops during World War II. On March 5, 1946, it's operations ceased, and the buildings were removed and sold. By 1961, the base had been completely dismantled and abandoned. Only the cement foundations of buildings remained, thus providing a convenient name for the area, Slab City. Soon afterwards, RV campers began to occupy the area during winter months to take advantage of the rent-free parking. Attendance steadily grew over the years, and now thousands of visitors return to "The Slabs" each winter to enjoy the relatively mild climate and escape the harsh conditions found elsewhere.

The State of California is currently considering closing Slab City to the public permanently. Over the years, people have desecrated the desert, and left their trash and human waste behind. Instead of driving their RVs to a proper dumping station, some people have chosen to simply dig a hole in the ground. A growing portion of Slab City is now littered with "septic pits", old clothing, rusty vehicles and trash of all kinds. It's unfortunate, but you just cannot teach common sense to some people. The efforts of this website are to reverse the cycle of stupidity which brought on this situation, and hopefully bring about some change in the region. Regardless of what type of hardship a person may be facing, there's never any justification to trash the place and leave a mess behind when you leave. This is not acceptable anymore. The Slab City Organization was formed to try and undo the damage that was allowed to happen while the "founding members" of Slab City sat around and did nothing about the trash dumping. It took decades for the trash to pile up, this problem didn't just spring up overnight. Unfortunately, most of the "long time members" of Slab City are responsible for allowing people to get away with breaking the law, dumping trash and sewage without reporting them to the authorities. The Slab City Organization is trying to help make a change, something others failed to do in the past.

 
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