Salvation Mountain :: Heaven in the Desert


Salvation Mountain has been on my bucket list for years.

When I heard that Leonard Knight passed about a few weeks ago I was more than upset, he was Salvation Mountain. I wanted to meet him just as much as I wanted to see his life’s masterpiece. So with a day off and my days left in Southern California growing sparse we took off East for a day trip.

It was HOT in the desert; I know what you’re saying, ‘well, duh!’ But it was only the middle of March and it was approaching 90° with the sun directly overhead. Leonard worked in 100°+ weather during the summer!  Leonard lived in the back of an old fire truck for 26 years, no running water or electricity, painting and building Salvation Mountain to help spread the word that “God is Love.” His story is much more than I can explain in a blog but I highly encourage you to look into his amazing life and what he left behind, and if you can go experience it for yourself do yourself and favor and do it! It is the most interesting, amazing, touching, beautiful, yet unbelievable thing I have ever seen, and maybe will ever see. Cross my heart.

Please keep in mind while looking through these images that all this was created by one man, starting in his mid fifties until he was eighty.  IMG_6881

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Home Sweet Home

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The Mountain

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Slab City in the background

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The Hogan

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The museum

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RIP Leonard, you are my hero.

Photo credit :: Roger Hagadone

Photo credit :: Roger Hagadone

Have you seen the movie Into the Wild (2007)? Leonard and his Salvation Mountain were in the movie!

The link below provide more information on Salvation Mountain and Leonard Knight


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