Folsom A to Z: Broncho Charles Miller

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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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.