I mentioned Larimer County, Colorado's, online Code of the West.
But some find such documents a little ... harsh.
Counties throughout Montana have long published Codes of the West for newcomers, which basically warn them not to expect the same level of government services they received back East and not to be shocked if, say, they wake up one morning to see a rancher driving cattle through their yards.
“When you read them, they sound almost punitive,” said William Bryan Jr., executive director of the Rural Landscape Institute.
Instead, new Montanans can view the Path to Eden DVD, narrated by anchorman Tom Brokaw and designed "assist landowners in transitioning into Montana’s rural way of life." Renters and students are on their own, I guess.
(Via Mary Scriver.)