In 1989, Burning Man participants carry the Man's head out onto Baker Beach in San Francisco, with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. That year, there were at least 300 people on hand to witness the by-then 40-foot-high figure burn.
Burning Man founder Larry Harvey poses for a picture in front of the event's signature figure as it's consumed by flames. 1990 was the burn's first year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, and it was attended by 90 people.
For Burning Man, 1996 was a significant year, as internal politics led to schisms between organizers. But 8,000 people attended, making it the third straight year the population doubled. Here, a "corporate" building called Hellco burned.
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