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When it comes to being on the alert and ready at any moment to do the job, it's hard to beat the Pony Express.

This historically famous mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and California depended on constant movement and readiness.

Relay stations were established every ten to fifteen miles.

A rider would shout aloud as he approached a station, giving the station master very short notice that he needed to be outside waiting with a fresh mount.

Even when a rider came to the station where he was to spend the night, another rider was already mounted and waiting, ready to grab the first rider's bundle of packages and continue the trip.

The completion of the transcontinental telegraph system rendered the Pony Express obsolete after just eighteen months.

But we have this service's intriguing example of what it means to be ever watchful, in knowing the importance of being in your position.

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