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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Trash Talk Missoula

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Delivering Peach of Mind: What does Meals on Wheels Offer?

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 25

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 18

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Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

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Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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Understanding Agency: Part II

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Liz Marchi: Comb Over

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 20

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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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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 13

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Understanding Agency: Huddle Up with a Buyer’s Agent

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 6

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 6

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Taking a Shakespearean Look at Honoring Volunteers

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The Poverello Center is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month

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Early Bird Registration Ends May 31 for Garden City River Rod Run

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 30

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Carousel Birthday Party/Expansion Grand Opening Scheduled for May 28

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2016 Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Commence
June 1 and 2

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 23

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MCT, UM Confucius Institute and Beijing Theatre Collaboration

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Missoula Community Band Presents 2016 Summer Band Concerts

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 16

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Liz Marchi: Voting, Travel, Air and Water

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 9

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Flora and Fauna Interpreted at MAM

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Saturday Markets Open May 7

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 2

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24th Annual Garden City BrewFest

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 25

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New Trails and Old Tales: That’s What Bonner is Made Of

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 18

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Liz Marchi: Home Again

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Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 11

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Is Home Buying Really as Easy as HGTV?

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5th Annual Doggie Dash Fun Run Slated for May 15

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 4

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 4

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 28

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | March 28

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MAM Features Art Installation That Will Evolve Daily

Billings native Abbie Miller to create site-specific installation March 28-31.... more

MCT: Robinson Crusoe Spring Day Camp April 4-10

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Celebrate Easter in Missoula!

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Bows, Bunnies and Baby Cows

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 21

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MissouLUCKY!

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - (PHOTO GALLERY) I’m only a wee bit Irish, but I can tell you, I feel extremely lucky to call Missoula my home. Not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but 365 days of the year.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 14

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Bruce Hornsby & The Nosemakers Play the Wilma

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers play the Wilma on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8PM. Tickets on sale March 11, 2016 (Pre Sale March 9, at 10am).... more

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

Academy Award winning actor and musician Jeff Bridges will be performing at the Wilma on Tuesday, March 15--as a fundraiser for the reelection of Governor Steve Bullock.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 7

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Building Tiny Houses With Big Dreams

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Brian Daigle grew up building forts as a child, and now that pastime has turned into a successful and ever- growing company--Montana Tiny Homes.com.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 29

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 29

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2nd Annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament Slated for Sunday, March 6

The Missoula Downtown Foundation’s second annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament will take place on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Hell Gate Elks Lodge Hall.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 22

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 22

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Shake Off the Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

Come and enjoy the sixth annual Winter BrewFest on Friday, Feb.19, from 5-9 pm. Featuring 40 plus winter brews from Montana only breweries, food, entertainment & more!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 15

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 15

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Opens March 10

All 37 works (plus the sonnets) of William Shakespeare performed in one evening? The Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present the show March 10-20.... more

MISSOULA-LA-LOVE (plus chocolate)

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Liz Marchi: Reflection

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6th Annual Winter Brewfest Comes to Caras Park

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The Snow Queen World Premiere at MCT

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 8

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Volunteer Missoula Cheers for Charity Event at Draught Works Brewery

Volunteer Missoula is having a Cheers for Charity fundraising at Draught Works Brewery on Tuesday, February 9, from 5-8pm.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 8

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Missoula Uncorked: Red Carpet Gala

The Missoula Community Chorus is hosting their 11th Annual “Missoula Uncorked” fundraiser--a "Red Carpet Gala" featuring a live telecast of the 88th Annual Academy Awards.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 1

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 1

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To Stay Put or Uproot? SPACE ODDITY

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Space. It matters! So when it comes to buying, here are a few start up questions to begin defining the type of space your would like for your home.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 25

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 25

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Independent Film Festival Returns to Polson

By CLARE MENZEL - Sixty films on schedule for fourth annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest at Showboat Cinemas.... more

Liz Marchi: Sleep

By LIZ MARCHI - I am grateful every morning that my alarm doesn’t go off at 4:00am as it did for the better part of 20 years.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 18

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The Future of Whole Person Care: How to Better Manage Serious Illness

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 18

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Give Us This Day

By BRIAN MARSH - Cheers to the ‘Zoo…to it’s indescribable beauty and indefinable people, it’s unbounded heart and unlimited soul.... more

Winter Survival is For the Birds

By BRUCE AUCHLY -At this time of year, If we humans go outside we dress for the weather.Birds that do not migrate, have evolved some ingenious ways to dress for the weather, to stay alive.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 11

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 10

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Location, Location, Location!

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Location, location, location! Yes, the most overused phrase in Real Estate can seem as obnoxious as the Brady Bunch phrase, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” ... more

The Drowsy Chaperone Opens January 21st

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 4

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Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 28

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 28

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The Missoula Food Bank is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 21

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 21

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The State of the Jungle

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 14

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 14

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 7

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