Legends of the Mean Green : Homecoming Bonfire

The lighting of the University of North Texas homecoming bonfire the night before the homecoming game is a tradition dating back to 1935.  Temporarily suspended from 1943-1945 due to the number of men fighting in WWII, the bonfire returned in 1946.  In 1960, the responsibility for building the bonfire was handed over to the Talons, UNT's student spirit organization.        

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Photograph of students in silhouette standing in front of a bonfire built for North Texas State College Homecoming, c. 1950.

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Photograph of the 1962 North Texas Homecoming bonfire and the surrounding crowd taken from an elevated viewpoint.

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Photograph of a cheerleader in a NTSU sweatshirt performing a cheer in front of the bonfire built for the 1964 North Texas Homecoming festivities.

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Photograph of North Texas 1980 Homecoming bonfire.

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Photograph of a couple silhouetted against the flames of the 1983 North Texas Homecoming bonfire.

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Photograph of students preparing to light the 1993 North Texas Homecoming bonfire.