[Hosea Stout Diary] Saturday Oct 23rd 1847. We were up at 4 oclock[.] The aurora most magnifficiently this morning.
We started at sunrise & to the upper ford of the Loup and attempted to cross but the wind being very high caused the quick sand to be more loose, we bogged our animals and abandoned the idea and camped on the banks.
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]