1986 - 1989

There was no Black Rock City as the event was held on Baker Beach in San Francisco.

1990

Population 120

Ticket Price Free

Black Rock City is created with the first Burning Man held on the Black Rock Desert, technically a Bad Day At Black Rock (Cacophony Society Zone Trip #4).

 

No map exists as far as I know.

1991

Population 600

Ticket Price $25

First year amplified music appeared at Burning Man. Craig Ellenwood and TerboTed set up a camp, approved by Larry Harvey one mile from center camp and launched the first EDM camp

No map exists as far as I know.

1992

Population 600

Ticket Price $25

First year amplified music appeared at Burning Man. Craig Ellenwood and TerboTed set up a camp, approved by Larry Harvey one mile from center camp and launched the first EDM camp

1993 to 1995

Man Burn 1993

The missing years...

I have not been able to find any maps of Black Rock City for the years 1993 to 1995.

If you have an image of one, send it to me please and I will include it.

1993 

Population 1,000

Ticket Price $25 - $40

First Theme Camp "Christmas Camp"

1994

Population 2,000

Ticket Price $30

Lamplighters Established

1995

Population 4,000

Ticket Price $35

Unofficial theme "Good and Evil"

1996

Population 8,000

Ticket Price $35

Theme Inferno a.k.a HELCO. Over 130 theme camps. The man is on a base for the first time.

1997

Population 10,000

Ticket Price $65

DPW is formed. Over 400 theme camps. Held on the Hualapai not Black Rock. Theme "Fertility: The LIving Land".

1998

Population 15,000

Ticket Price $65  - $100

Black Rock City back on the Black Rock Desert and much closer to Gerlach. Theme "Nebulous Entity".

1999

Population 23,000

Ticket Price $65- $100

Theme "Wheel of Time". Over 320 theme camps.

2000

Population 25,400

Ticket Price $95 - $200

Theme "The Body".

2001

Population 25,659

Ticket Price $200

Theme "Seven Ages".

2002

Population 28,979

Ticket Price $135 - $200

Theme "The Floating World". First FAA approved airport.

2003

Population 30,586

Ticket Price $145 - $225

Dogs are banned. Theme "Beyond Belief".

2004

Unofficial camp. Name Kanuckistan was adopted for the camp. 

Population 35,664

Theme "The Vault of Heaven". Over 500 theme camps.

2005

First year Iron Star Flag was flown on playa.

Population 35,567

Ticket Price $145–$250

Theme "Psyche: The Conscious,
Subconscious & Unconscious".

First year Burning Man attendance dropped year over year.

2006

Civil War within Kanuckistan. Also know as the Dark Days.

Big Shade also tried to kill us all.

Population 38,989

Ticket Price $185–$280

Theme "Hope and Fear: The Future".

2007

Kanuckistan's first year as a placed theme camp.

Population 47,097

Ticket Price $195–$280

Theme "The Green Man".

Year of two Man Burns and a solar eclipse.

2008

Population 49,599

Ticket Price $210–$295

Theme "American Dream". The first year tickets were not sold at gate.

City size is enlarged.

Due to high winds conclave was canceled.

2009

Population 43,558

Ticket Price $210–$360

Theme "Evolution: A Tangled Bank".

Second time population dropped year over year. Tickets sold at gate once again this year.

2010

Population 51,525

Ticket Price $210–$360

Theme "Metropolis – Life of Cities".

First time attendance exceeds 50,000. Over 700 theme camps.

2011

Population 53,963

Ticket Price $210–$360

Theme "Rites of Passage".

First time all tickets sold out for the event.

2012

Population 56,149

Ticket Price $240–$420

Theme "Fertility 2.0".

Due to the previous years sell out of tickets, BM Org does complex multi-round, random selection systems. Extreme demand for tickets resulted in directed tickets for the first time issued to theme camps.

2013

Population 69,613

Ticket Price $380

Theme "Cargo Cult".

2014

Population 65,922

Ticket Price $390

Theme "Caravansary". First year vehicle passes were required.

2015

Population 67,564

Ticket Price $390

Theme "Carnival of Mirrors". The first year in nearly 10 years that the Man base is on the ground.

2016

Population 67,290

Ticket Price $390

Theme "DaVinci's Workshop". 

2017

Population 70,000

Ticket Price $425

Theme "Radical Ritual". 

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