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I have just been to one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. It’s called Salvation Mountain…I’ll be uploading a lot of pictures from there, because it was so amazing, and I just want to share as much as I can! Whatever your religious beliefs, I think you’ll have to agree that this is an amazing creation. Going inside the one structure was like being in a magical little world…very surreal. But I’ll share those pictures later. For now, I’m going to show the outside, and some of the cars and things that are painted around the property. This man, Leonard Knight, spent about 28 years creating this…He’s lived out there in a converted truck all by himself for most of that time…He supposedly was always thrilled to get visitors there, and happily showed people around. From the sounds of it, he was a man filled with love and joy. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to live out there anymore and continue his work because of poor health. I’m going to paste here what Wikipedia says about Salvation Mountain, but there’s so much more to it than what they’ve said, and I encourage you to do a search on the place to find out more!

“Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses.

In December of 2011, Knight (at the age of 80) was placed in a long-term care facility in El Cajon for dementia. Concern has been raised for the future of the site, which requires constant maintenance due to the harsh surrounding environment. Many visitors bring paint to donate to the project, and a group of volunteers have been working to protect and maintain the site.

The site was featured in the 2007 film Into The Wild."

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Comments

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 1 year ago

    great and thanks for info

  • You’re so welcome, Sylvia, and thank YOU soooo much!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    what a crazy place and backstory..thanks for sharing Lauire.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Yeah, it really is amazing…and there’s lots more to the story than I’ve included here…Thank you so, so much, Derek!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • swaby
    swabyover 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot! Lots of hard work and prayer went in to that I bet!

  • Yes, absolutely, swaby!!! It’s hard to believe that this man did this all by himself, up until not too long before he had to stop living out there. Thank you sooooo much!!! I truly appreciate it and you!!!! :))))

    – Laurie Search

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    There must be something in the desert air that encourages offbeat creativity – wonderful find!

  • LOL…yep, I think you’re right, Celeste!!! There really are so many interesting things to find out here!! Thanks so much!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 1 year ago

    Oh I love it, how colourful, and what a lot of work, I can see how this would deteriorate out there, nice to know that Mr. Knight will be remembered, even though he’s not living there any more, love it :o)x

  • Yes, it seems as though, luckily, there are people who are dedicated to keeping this place, and his spirit, alive out there….I sure hope so. Thank you so very much, Josie!!!! :)))xo

    – Laurie Search

  • snblov
    snblovover 1 year ago

    Sounds like an amazing guy & that is a beautiful picture. The colors against that blue sky are beautiful.

  • Thank you very, very much, snblov!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • JRPowers
  • Oh, thank you SOOOO much for the feature!!!! I’m thrilled!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • AngelaFanton
    AngelaFantonover 1 year ago

    What a great place … fabulous clarity in your shot!

  • Thank you very, very much, Angela!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 1 year ago

    This is also such a surprise. Very interesting and super detail !

  • Thank you so very much, Morag!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Great find, super information …

  • Thank you so much, Tom!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

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