Josiah Gregg Quote
This river even when fordable often occasions a great deal of trouble, being, like the Arkansas, embarrassed with many quicksand mires. In some places, if a wagon is permitted to stop in the river but for a moment, it sinks to the very body. Instances have occurred where it became necessary, not only to drag out the mules by the ears and to carry out the loading package by package, but to haul out the wagon piece by piece — wheel by wheel.
Commerce of the Prairies (1831–1839), Chapter 20 Preparations for a Start to Chihuahua — Derccho de Consumo