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

Montana Wildlife (Click to Enlarge)

Montanans love our wildlife!  Click on the images below to enlarge the photos and use the right-hand arrow to scroll through the images.   Photos are brought to you by various Missoula photographers.  We’ll constantly be adding to our galleries–so check back frequently.  All images are copyrighted and downloading or copying is strictly prohibited.

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Flathead Lake Island Dweller.  By Bruce Allen Young.
Flathead Lake Island...
High Wide & Handsome. St. Ignatius, Montana.  By Mark Mesenko.  Prints available at www.mesenko.com
High Wide & Hand...
Bison. By Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Bison. By Mark Mesen...
The Osprey has landed . By Kevin Kraft. See more photos at www.kevinkraftphotography.com
The Osprey has lande...
A mother black bear and her four cubs are seen in a tree off U.S. Highway 93 south of Whitefish.  By Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
A mother black bear ...
Deer in Misoula. ©Nelson Kenter. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Deer in Misoula. &Ac...
Whitetail Triplets in Missoula. ©Nelson Kenter. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Whitetail Triplets i...
Fort Missoula Kit Fox Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Fort Missoula Kit Fo...
National Bison Range - Moise. ©Bruce Costa.
National Bison Range...
Whitetail Triplets in Missoula. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Whitetail Triplets i...
North Anerican Bald Eagle. ©Jon Erdmann
North Anerican Bald ...
King of the Hill St. Ignatius, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
King of the Hill St....
Red Fox
Photo by ©Mark Mesenko www.mesenko.com
Red Fox Photo by &Ac...