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Near Niland in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Salvation Mountain

 
 
Salvation Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
1. Salvation Mountain Marker
Inscription.
This is the culmination of a personal religious intensity few mortals will ever experience. Started as a temporary monument to God's love in 1984 by Leonard Knight, it grew into the worldwide phenomenon you see before you.
Born on November 1, 1931 in Shelburne Falls, Vermont, Leonard found "religion" mid-life; he found frustration as well. All religions were too complicated for Leonard. He saw it all very simply: repent to Jesus Christ and be forgive of your sins. His struggle for simple faith took him across the United States to end up here in Niland: he never left. For just under 30 years, without benefits of electricity or running water, Leonard passionately labored daily to create a message for the world to hopefully see: "God is Love."
Embarrassed to call himself an artist, Leonard perfected his artistic technique using only what was at hand, what he could scrounge at the local dump and what as donated by the faithful or the curious. Leonard left the mountain November of 2011 and at the age of 82, went to meet his Mentor on February 10, 2014.

 
Erected 2016 by Salvation Mountain, Inc. and E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob Chapter #1853.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
Salvation Mountain and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
2. Salvation Mountain and Marker
33° 15.24′ N, 115° 28.374′ W. Marker is near Niland, California, in Imperial County. Marker is on Beal Road near Telephone Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niland CA 92257, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
More about this marker. In reality, whatever that is, Salvation Mountain is closer to Slab City than any place else; and more like it too.
 
Also see . . .  . Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain. (Submitted on March 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Salvation Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
3. Salvation Mountain
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
8. Salvation Mountain
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2018
9. Salvation Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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