“World of Kama” is one of two murals located at the top of a hill on empty water storage tanks in the desert community of Slab City. Photographed over the weekend by Tom Andrews. Another mural set is coming later this week right here on L.A. Taco.
Slab City or The Slabs (located at 33°15′32″N 115°27′59″W) is a camp in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs and pylons that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine barracks Camp Dunlap there. A group of servicemen remained after the base closed, and the place has been inhabited ever since, although the number of residents has declined since the mid 1980s.
Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. These “snowbirds” stay only for the winter, before migrating north in the spring to cooler climates. The temperatures during the summer are unforgiving; nonetheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents who live in the Slabs all year round. Most of these “Slabbers” derive their living by way of government checks (SSI and Social Security) and have been driven to the Slabs through poverty.