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    Posted 8 years ago

    fortapache
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    Salvation Mountain was made by Leonard Knight who passed away in 2014. Salvation Mountain is near the southeast corner of the Salton Sea near the town of Niland.
    The Salton Sea is an area that makes old Route 66 look like a thriving metropolis. It used to have a thriving tourist industry but the Salton Sea got much too salty (and somewhat toxic) and is surrounded with ghost towns with signs of life here and there.
    Just east of Salvation Mountain is Slab City. It is a former military base and all that is left are concrete slabs. People stay there free mostly in winter.
    Back to Salvation Mountain Leonard Knight lived in the truck in the last photo. Considering that 100 degree heat is normal there it was not an easy life.
    Also note this is considered a very large example of folk art. Many more photos so there may be another post or three.

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    Comments

    1. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      The Salton Sea is a movie with Val Kilmer as well cool post fort.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you very much brunswick. I found about the place from a book my brother has.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you very much Caperkid. They do film movies there.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you
      mikelv85
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      racer4four
      Efesgirl
      brunswick
      gargoylecollector
      Caperkid
    5. Windwalker, 8 years ago
      Saw an old interview with him on a show years ago,... he was a cool old fella ...
    6. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you very much Windwalker. Him and Elmer of the Bottle Tree Ranch.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you
      NevadaBlades
      Hunter
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      EJW-54
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    8. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Thank you vetraio50.
    9. Lata Lata, 5 months ago
      I recently watched Slab City documentary, very interesting !

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