This stamp commemorates the 25th anniversary of Alaska's statehood. It also marks the 200th anniversary of the first settlement in the state and the 100th anniversary of the first civil government in Alaska. The first government came about through the extension of the laws of Oregon to Alaska and called for appointment of the first governor of Alaska. Alaska joined the Union on January 3, 1959. In 1970, voters approved a plan to move the capitol from Juneau to Willow, located near Anchorage. But 12 years later the movement died when a referendum to authorize the expenditure failed. Unlike other U.S. states, Alaska has no counties. For statistical purposes, there are 12 census divisions. There also are four judicial districts covering the state.