In 1859, gold was discovered in a distant area in the California desert. People rushed there, hoping to get rich. This place was named Bodie, and it became a lively town of 10,000 people.
Bodie was a difficult place to be, though. It had hot summers and harsh winters. No one paid attention to laws, so crime was a constant problem. For these reasons, people left after the gold ran out. Bodie became a ghost town—an abandoned town that no longer has any residents.
Today Bodie is a state park. Approximately 200,000 people visit there each year, and many decide to grab a souvenir. That’s a bad idea, because removing anything from the park is a crime. But there’s another, perhaps more compelling, reason to leave Bodie as you find it. Taking a treasure—even a tiny one—just might ruin your life.