[SWIPE RIGHT] From Bombay Beach (previous posts) I went straight to Slab City, to the so-called Last Free Place in America. A town with about 200 residents year-round, and maybe 2,000 residents at the peak of the winter rush. It lays in the badlands of California's poorest county, where the road ends and the sun reigns, where farmland turns to dusty towns and then to parched deserts.
How did it started? Well, once upon a time, there was a military base, which was shut down in the late 1950s and, within a decade, people started moving in. The land is owned and managed by the state of California, but the government has left the settlement alone.
There are no services, so the state is not spending any money to keep the place up, and for 50 years or so, it has existed without laws, running water, sewage service or trash pickup. There is no police in Slab City and no electrical grid either.
In short, it's as close to life in a Mad Max post-apocalyptic wasteland as you can possibly imagine.
*The town has three libraries (two private, one public), a skate park, a couple of bars, a restaurant, two churches (one of which apparently sells meth), an open stage, and a shooting range.