Since the initial Bonfire in 1909, Texas A&M students have banded together each year to build and burn the Bonfire, and in the process helped it to evolve into the largest in the world. Bonfire burned each year through 1998, with the exception of 1963. That year Bonfire was built but torn down in a tribute to President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Texas A&M Head Yell Leader Mike Marlowe said, "It is the most we have and the least we can give."

In 1967, responsibility for Bonfire construction was transferred from the Yell Leaders to "Red Pots," students specifically chosen to plan and construct the stack. The safety helmets or "pots" worn by Bonfire construction workers were painted various colors to designate the hierarchy of responsibilities.

In 1955, Bonfire was moved from Simpson Drill Field in front of the Memorial Student Center to Duncan Field, behind the Corps of Cadets area, where it was held for 37 years. The 1992 Bonfire marked the first year Bonfire was built in its final home on the Polo Fields. 

Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial

Aggie Songs

Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

Bonfire Remembrance Video

Since 1909 Texas A&M University students 
have worked together each year to build a massive bonfire.

In the early morning hours of
November 18, 1999, the stack collapsed, 
killing twelve students and injuring 
twenty-seven others. 
Bonfire was cancelled that year.

 It was to have been ignited on Thanksgiving evening as a prelude to Texas A&M's November 26 morning football game with The University of Texas.

In Memory of Those We Lost...

Christopher D. Breen '96

Jeremy Richard Frampton '99

Jerry Don Self '01

Bryan A. McClain '02

Miranda Denise Adams '02

Nathan Scott West '02

Michael Stephen Ebanks '03

Jamie Lynn Hand '03

Christopher Lee Heard '03

Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr '03

Lucas John Kimmel '03

Chad A. Powell '03