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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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 18

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It’s Time To Sell Something

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Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 11

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Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 11

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Montana Calls Jordan Sullivan Home

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 4

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How to Bear Proof Your Home, Cabin

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No Fireworks on FWP Property Including Fishing Access Sites

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America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

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Creamy Buffalo Potato Salad

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 27

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Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

By GRACE STOPHER - Nestled in an unsuspecting corner at Wyoming and Johnson streets, you may notice a little door in a string of warehouses with a blue sandwich board nearby, ushering you inside to VonCommon St... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 27

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - I was delighted with the news last week that former Griz coach and playe,r Blaine Taylor, had gotten back into coaching.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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Breunig to Play Pro Basketball in His Native Germany

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly basketball standout, Martin Breunig has signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball in his native Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.... more

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What Are You Afraid Of?

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 20

Featured Jobs: A Human Resources Manager, Laborer, Finance Manager, Yard Worker/Car Dismantler, Fleet/Facilities Superintendent, Emergency Services Dispatcher, and more!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 20

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 20

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 20

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Working Dogs Help in the Fight Against AIS

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Sweet Cream Ice Cream

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New Project Idea? Do This First

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MCT BURSTING with activity June 20-26

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Bill Bowers speechLess: A Fundraiser for the Next Step Prep Scholarship Fund

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Parks and Rec and Missoula Youth Rugby Celebrate Free Olympic Day Event

By BECKY GOODRICH -Kids and families are invited to a free Olympic Day celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Playfair Park.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 13

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Hockey fans everywhere were saddened by the news of the passing of Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, to more than a generation.... more

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Reminder for Boaters: Stop at AIS Inspection Stations

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Understanding Agency: Huddle Up with a Buyer’s Agent

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to believe that it was 40 years ago this week that the first Wyoming-Montana all-star games were played.... more

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The Danger Of Presumption

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Alaskan Halibut with Morels

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Splash Montana Water Park Opens This Weekend, Opens Daily June 11

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Taking a Shakespearean Look at Honoring Volunteers

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The One Sentence That Can Make Or Break You

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2016 Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Commence
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