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"Turkey Creek” Jack Johnson –  Gunfighter, Peace Officer and Freemason

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“Turkey Creek” Jack Johnson – Gunfighter, Peace Officer and Freemason


Jack Johnson (known as the “Sand Lot”) by City Hall under a stone bearing his name and the

Square and Compass. In the movie “Tombstone” (1999, directed by George Kosmatos and

starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton) Johnson is played by Buck Taylor (also

a Brother). In one scene he can be very plainly seen wearing a gold pendant of the Square and

Compass around his neck. In this scene he is admonishing “Doc” Holliday (played by Val Kilmer)

for being out fighting Cowboys when he should be in bed. “Why are you out here doing this,

anyway?” he says. “Wyatt Earp is my friend,” Doc replies. “Heck,” says Johnson. “I’ve got lots

of friends.” This last remark could be taken as a rather cryptic allusion to all the rest of Us

united as Friends and Brothers under the All-Seeing Eye... ...Don’t you think? (by the way Wyatt

Earp was also a Mason or an Oddfellow)

A retelling of the gunfight at the OK Corral and its aftermath. Jon Tenney, as John Behan, Cochise

County Sheriff wears a square and compasses watch fob. Freemason, Buck Taylor, as "Turkey

Creek" Jack Johnson, wearing a square and compasses pendant, tells Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday,

"Hell, I've got lots of friends."

Jack Johnson (1852-1887) was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 2, F.& A.M., in Salt Lake

City, though he may have joined Freemasonry earlier than that. Claims that Wyatt Earp was a

freemason have not been substantiated. Virgil Earp is claimed to have unsuccessfully petitioned

Solomon Lodge (UD) in Tombstone.

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