The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

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Griz Face Hornets to Open Big Sky Tournament

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Montana-North Dakota: Inside The Numbers

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How to Start Training for Your June/July Marathon

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Lady Griz, Fighting Hawks Meet for Third Time

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Employers: REGISTER NOW for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair

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Bruce Hornsby & The Nosemakers Play the Wilma

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Lady Griz Start Slow, Finish Fast to Advance

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Jeff Bridges Live in Concert to Benefit the Reelection of Governor Steve Bullock

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Valley Named First-Team All Big Sky Conference

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Griz Fall to UNC, Miss Shot at Conference Title

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Lady Griz Enter Postseason With Comeback Win

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Montana Defense Smothers North Dakota

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Building Tiny Houses With Big Dreams

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What Can’t Change that Must Change?

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Michael Oguine: UM’s ‘High-Motor’ Freshman

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Lady Griz Fall, Will Play On Monday in Reno

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Montana Lentil Chili

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Will Winter Wither?

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Mismo Magical Meet 2016 at Frenchtown Junior High School

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Griz Host North Dakota and Northern Colorado This Week

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Cold Shooting Dooms Griz at Weber State

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Juniors Highjack Senior Day, Lead Lady Griz to Win

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Career Nights for Wright and Moorehead Lead Griz Past Bengals

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Lady Griz Shut Down Bengals, Win Sixth Straight

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King Cake

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Shake Off the Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

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All peaks, No Valleys for Big Sky POW

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Jordan Gregory Gets Pro Hoops Opportunity in Australia

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