As a part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Wyoming was explored and known for its geysers that later were included in the pristine Yellowstone National Park, a landmark and proud attraction of the United States. Wyoming was the 44th state to join the United States, and the state government still operates under the same state constitution from 1890.
Wyoming was the first territory to allow women the right to vote in 1869. Numerous historical attractions today are former trading posts or military forts that lay on the Oregon Trail, along which over 350,000 emigrants traveled between 1840 and 1859.
Wyoming has 23 counties, including Carbon County, named for its coal mining importance. Laramie County, named after a French-Canadian fur trader, has given up land multiple times to help the formation of other counties. Many counties have national protected lands, reserves, and parks that include historical locations for people to view. Some counties have become homes for industries and others remain unchanged from the days of large ranches.
Wyoming has a much less elaborate state court system with its appellate court levels. At the lowest tier, Wyoming has Circuit Courts and Municipal Courts; then appeals are sent to be heard by the District Courts, which deal with juvenile and felony charges. The final level in the state court system is the Wyoming Supreme Court that handles death penalties and administrative agencies. The Supreme Court also handles issues of government agencies and authorities, with discretion. The Court has 4 justices and a Chief Justice who is allowed a 4 year term. A State Court Administrator is responsible for the budgets and proper operation of the court system in the state.