Ghost Tour

Boothill Ghosts

Boothill Graveyard is one of the most haunted places in Tombstone.


There are two cemeteries in Tombstone. Boothill Graveyard was opened in 1878 and closed in 1884. Another post describes the history and residents of Boothill Graveyard. The second cemetery is the Tombstone City Cemetery and there are also numerous reports of hauntings there.


There are hundreds of stories about unusual sights and sounds at Boothill Graveyard. Many people report hearing voices while they walk around in the Graveyard in the day. There are common reports of the sounds of coyotes howling at night in the graveyard. Guests also commonly report touches. At the start of one tour, a woman told me that she had walked past a grave that afternoon and felt like a spider’s web had brushed across her face, but there were no trees or structures that could anchor a spider’s web in that location. Several people have told me about momentarily seeing some sort of small animal scurrying between the graves, but it disappeared before they could identify it.

Several years ago, one of the guests on my tour shared a rather unusual story with me. She said that she had visited Boothill earlier in the day and felt a “pull” toward the far end of the graveyard. She followed her instinct and ended up at the grave of Johnny Blair which is by itself out just past the edge of the graveyard. Johnny died of smallpox at a small camp a few miles from Tombstone and his buddies were not willing to touch his body to bring it for burial. They threw a rope around his feet and dragged him to the graveyard behind a horse. They dug his grave, dragged him into that grave, and then threw the rope in behind him. My guest arrived at his grave and said that she felt an overwhelming urge to shout “Whoop!” like a cowboy would have as he came into town. After a single shout, which must have startled her friends, she left the graveyard and had no other incidents. She figured that the spirit of Johnny Blair was making her behave that way.

The following photo gallery includes seven photos that show all four stages of the ghosts at Boothill Graveyard.

Orbs at Boothill Graveyard. The first orb photo shows several orbs over the ocotillo fence at Boothill. Some of the orbs show an internal structure, which differentiates orbs from just specks of dust in the air.

Large Orb at Boothill Graveyard. The second orb photo shows a spectacular orb floating just inside the Boothill gate. There are several other orbs visible along the left edge of the photo. 

Plasma at Boothill Graveyard. The first plasma photo shows a light plasma along the right edge of the image. Also visible are a couple of vortexes on the left side of the image.

Dark Plasma at Boothill Graveyard. A dark plasma is rather rare, but they are photographed at Boothill. This shows a prominent dark plasma on the left side of the image. 

Vortex at Boothill Graveyard. This vortex includes an interesting curve. Notice that the ocotillo fence and graves are in sharp focus, so the vortex is even more incredible.

Shadowman at Boothill Graveyard. This photo shows a shadowman walking among the graves. While shadowmen are rather rare phenomena, they tend to appear in photos at Boothill.

Shadowman at Boothill Graveyard. This photo shows another shadowman walking among the graves. The visitor walking on the path could have noticed the apparition but was likely paying attention to the graves rather than the path. This shadowman was likely only visible for a brief second and happened to be captured on this photograph.

Boothill Graveyard is located at 408 AZ 80 Highway, just outside town on the way to Benson. The graveyard is open to the public but there is a small fee required to enter. Visitors are given a pamphlet with a brief description of all the people who are buried in the graveyard. The Tombstone After Dark Tour stops at Boothill where I share several photographs about paranormal activity in Tombstone. The Goodenough Trolley Tour also turns around in the parking lot where I share a bit of the history of the graveyard and invite my guests to return and explore the graveyard.

By George

I was born and raised in Missouri and have been an elementary school teacher, an EMT, an electronics technician, and a dean at a community college. I retired in July 2019, so I now have time to follow my dream and lead tours in Tombstone, Arizona. I work at the Goodenough Silver Mine and lead tours down into the mine, trolley tours around Tombstone, and ghost tours every weekend.

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