Slabbers, Scrappers, and a Man of Faith is the story of two places located at the southeast corner of the Salton Sea near Niland, California. Slab City is regaled as the “Last Free Place” to live. Here, residents live off the grid and march to their own drummer.
Adjacent to Slab City is Salvation Mountain – a large and colorful religious monument built by Leonard Knight over 30 years. The man is gone, but the story lives on.
Sidney Burks who retired from the California Community College system as an instructor and administrator. He is currently a full-time lecturer for California State University San Bernardino in Career Technical Studies.
As an avid historian of the desert, Burks enjoys sharing what he learns and has been giving presentations to interested groups. Sid volunteers as a research docent at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
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