Leonard Knight lived alone in the desert for 28 years, building a mountain to share his message: "Love God, love Jesus, and love the people." To build Salvation Mountain, Knight used adobe, straw, materials from the local dump, and thousands of gallons of paint. When his health failed in recent years, Knight's friends rallied to save his life.
On May 19, he returned to the mountain for one day to see how a new generation of caretakers have preserved his life's work.
Knight and his mountain were featured in the 2006 movie "Into the Wild" and he was profiled twice by the late, great Huell Howser in "Desert Adventures: California's Gold Special."
Salvation Mountain is near Niland, Calif. The drive there from Los Angeles or Palm Springs takes visitors past the Salton Sea and Slab City, a snowbird campsite that sits on the remnants of an abandoned World War II Marine barracks.
- Leonard Knight