Folsom A to Z: Broncho Charles MillerBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “M.”
- Broncho Charles Miller was born Jan. 1, 1850 in Hat Creek, Modac County.
- By his own account, Miller was born on a buffalo robe in a covered wagon and delivered by an Indian squaw.
- His parents came across the plains by ox wagon from New York on the Oregon Trail.
- His given name was Julius Mortimer Miller, but he received the nick name “Broncho Charlie” as a youth for his bronco breaking abilities.
- Miller was one of the last surviving Pony Express riders who rode from Sacramento to Placerville.
- In 1885, Charlie went to England with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and remained there two years.
- He performed for the Queen of England and carried the razzle-dazzle and lasso skills he honed with Buffalo Bill into fabricating his own life story.
- Miller fought in World War I at the age of 67.
- At age 81, he delivered letters on horseback from New York City to San Francisco to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pony Express.
- At age 92, he applied to join the Army for World War II, but was turned down.
- Miller died in Glen Falls, New York in 1955 at the age of 105.
- Miller Way in Folsom is named in his honor for his rich California history.