For a city boy like Arthur Rothstein the empty space and frontier-like lifestyle of the western states was eye-opening and captivating. He traveled the many open roads of the wild, rugged and untamed land. He captured the stories and the spirit of people forging new lives from the possibilities the West offered.

He felt such affection for the American West that, throughout the rest of his life, he always relaxed in western wear including a snap-down shirt, blue jeans and a big brass belt buckle