George Johnson

In 1882 George Johnson legitimately purchased a horse. At least he thought he had. Johnson unknowingly bought the horse from the man who stole it. When Johnson was found in possession he was accused of horse theft. He was hanged despite his pleas that he had no prior knowledge the horse was stolen.


It wasn’t until after his death that it was determined he had told the truth. The grave marker on the left was photographed over sixty five years ago. The grave marker on the right is the current. The epitaphs on both markers serve as an exoneration of Johnson. He is buried in the Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona.