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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Welcome to Missoula!  Photo by ©Erin Stoner
Welcome to Missoula!...
Spring Morning in Missoula ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Spring Morning in Mi...
Moon Over Missoula.© Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Moon Over Missoula.&...
Just Another Missoula Sunrise Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Just Another Missoul...
Photo by Tyler Jackson Wilson
Photo by Tyler Jacks...
A view down Old Fort Missoula Road with the trees covered by a thick blanket of hoarfrost. ©Todd Taylor. www.ttaylorpix.com.
A view down Old Fort...
Caras Park Peace Sign. ©Nelson Kenter. Prints available at Kenterphotography.com
Caras Park Peace Sig...
Vintage Coca Cola Gang Tag. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Vintage Coca Cola Ga...
Main Hall in Winter. Photo by ©Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Main Hall in Winter....
7:30 A.M, Missoula, Montana - taken near Big Flat on 11/18/12. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
7:30 A.M, Missoula, ...
Missoula from the "M".  Photo by Joel Coles
Missoula from the &q...
Running in Missoula. Photo by Paul Queneau, PQPHOTO.net
Running in Missoula....
Wilma Building and Missoula Downtown at night ©Kevin Kraft. See all of Kevin's photos at www.kevinkraftphotography.com
Wilma Building and M...
Oz (R.I.P) on the L. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Oz (R.I.P) on the L....
Weather Vortex Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Weather Vortex Misso...
Clark Fork Sunset. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Clark Fork Sunset. &...
Snowbowl Sunset, Missoula, MT. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Snowbowl Sunset, Mis...
Brenan's Wave. Kayaking Championship. Photo by Patrick Record.
Brenan's Wave. ...
Snow Bowl. Photo by Molly Bradford.
Snow Bowl. Photo by ...
Reflecting on the Bitterroot Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Reflecting on the Bi...
North Fork of the Blackfoot. Photo by Geoff Peddicord.
North Fork of the Bl...
Mountain Biking One of Missoula's Trails. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Mountain Biking One ...
Valley of Color Missoula, Montana © Patrick Clark. Prints available at www.patrickclark.com
Valley of Color Miss...
Early Morning in Missoula, MT Nov. 30, 2012. ©Mark Payton. www.markpaytonphotography.com
Early Morning in Mis...
Moonrise Over Missoula © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Moonrise Over Missou...
Rattlesnake Creek. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Rattlesnake Creek. &...
Big Sky Little House.©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Big Sky Little House...
The Perfect Storm Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
The Perfect Storm Mi...
View of Pattee Canyon Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko.  Prints available at http://www.mesenko.com
View of Pattee Canyo...
Maclay Bridge Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Maclay Bridge Missou...
Mountain Bike on Mount Sentinel. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Mountain Bike on Mou...
Go Outside & Play Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Go Outside & Pla...
Mayor John Engen. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Mayor John Engen. &A...
Missoula on the 4th of July Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. (dotted lines are aircraft). Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Missoula on the 4th ...
North Higgins Ave and the famous Oxford Saloon early in the morning in Missoula. I've been told you can still order cow brains and eggs there but never had the nerve to try. Anyone ever tried them? ©Mark Payton. www.markpaytonphotography.com
North Higgins Ave an...
Jumbo, Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Jumbo, Missoula, Mon...
Vietnam Memorial. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Vietnam Memorial. &A...
Spring Morning in Missoula, Missoula, Montana © mark Mesenko.  Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Spring Morning in Mi...
Kayaking championship. Photo by Patrick Record.
Kayaking championshi...
Flood Watch Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Flood Watch Missoula...
Orange Cast Missoula, MT © Patrick Clark.  Prints available at www.patrickclark.com
Orange Cast Missoula...
Peace. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Peace. ©...
Ch-paa-qn Peak Sky Scribble Missoula, MT © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Ch-paa-qn Peak Sky S...
Slope above the M taken from the UM campus. ©Nelson Kenter. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Slope above the M ta...
Another Missoula Light Show Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Another Missoula Lig...
Hellgate Roller Girls - Roller Derby. Photo by Carol Blodgett
Hellgate Roller Girl...
Just Another Missoula Sunrise Missoula, Montana ©mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Just Another Missoul...
Hellgate Dawn Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Hellgate Dawn Missou...
Missoulians are all about our recycling!  Photo by Amy Williams.
Missoulians are all ...
Early Summer in Missoula, Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Early Summer in Miss...
The iconic Oxford Bar & Cafe in Historic Downtown Missoula.  Photo by Amy Williams.
The iconic Oxford Ba...
Amber Waves Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Amber Waves Missoula...
M-orning Light Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
M-orning Light Misso...
Broken Rainbow Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Broken Rainbow Misso...
Full Moon Morning Missoula, Montana © Patrick Clark. Prints available at www.patrickclark.com
Full Moon Morning Mi...
Photo by Patrick Record.
Photo by Patrick Rec...
Boone & Crockett. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Boone & Crockett...
Another Lonely Park, Another Sunday Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mensenko.com
Another Lonely Park,...
Peaches & Cream Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Peaches & Cream ...
Sunday Streets Missoula - Downtown Missoula, MT.  Photo by Carol Blodgett
Sunday Streets Misso...
Paragliders taking off from Mt. Sentinel and Landing on the Moon. Photo by Mariah Crossland.
Paragliders taking o...
2012 Kayaking Champitionships. Photo by Geoff Peddicord.
2012 Kayaking Champi...
Missoula Mural. Photo by Amy Williams
Missoula Mural. Phot...
Red Sky Montana. Missoula, MT. ©Patrick Clark. Prints available at patrickclark.com
Red Sky Montana. Mis...
Do you know where you are? Really, you can't miss it. ©Erin Stoner. Signs of Missoula.
Do you know where yo...
Rockin' out to the Young Dubliners at the Celtic Festival.
Rockin' out to ...
Departure Missoula, Montana  ©Mark Mesenko.  Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Departure Missoula, ...
Splash Waterpark. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Splash Waterpark. Ph...
Spring Sunset - Missoula Valley. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Spring Sunset - Miss...
Deer in Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Deer in Missoula. Ph...
Mobash Skateboard Park. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Mobash Skateboard Pa...
Mount Sentinel Rainbow. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Mount Sentinel Rainb...
Missoula, MT. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Missoula, MT. Â...
Kayaker on the Blackfoot River. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Kayaker on the Black...
Hiking the M Trail. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Hiking the M Trail. ...
Missoula at Night. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula at Night. P...
Brennan's Wave. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Brennan's Wave....
Lolo Peak and Low Clouds. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Lolo Peak and Low Cl...
Lolo Peak and Fall Color in Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Lolo Peak and Fall C...
Missoula Valley Sunrise. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula Valley Sunr...
Jogging Above Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Jogging Above Missou...
Arrow Leaf Balsamroot on Mount Sentinel. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Arrow Leaf Balsamroo...
Whitetail Triplets in Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Whitetail Triplets i...
Greenough Park Bridge in Winter.  Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Greenough Park Bridg...
Main Hall and the M. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Main Hall and the M....
Autumn Storm Over Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Autumn Storm Over Mi...
Missoula neighborhood in Fall Colors. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula neighborhoo...
Missoula Valley Night Scene. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula Valley Nigh...
Missoula Valley In March. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula Valley In M...
Missoula Sunset. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Missoula Sunset. Pho...
L & M. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
L & M. Â&c...
Lupine. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Lupine. ©...
Mountain Biking Missoula. ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
Mountain Biking Miss...
North HIlls.  ©Matt Rogers http://www.merphoto.printroom.com/
North HIlls. Â...
Sweet Evening Sky. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Sweet Evening Sky. &...
Fishing Buddies. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Fishing Buddies. &Ac...
Waitin' on the Mornin' Sun Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Waitin' on the ...
Fort Missoula. ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Fort Missoula. &Acir...
Frosty Rattlesnake Creek. Photo by Jamie Tipton - www.PhotographerMissoula.com
Frosty Rattlesnake C...
Missoula Sunrise. ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Missoula Sunrise.&Ac...
Last Drop of Light. Missoula, Montana.©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Last Drop of Light. ...
Last of the Balsamroot. Moiese, Montana.©Mark Mesenko. www.mesenko.com
Last of the Balsamro...
Missoula Sunset © Mark Payton Photography.
Missoula Sunset&Acir...
Caras Park. © Lisa Mee
Caras Park.Â&n...

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  1. Karyna says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tour!

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