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

UM Campus (Click to Enlarge)

Missoulians love the University of Montana!  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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Learn more about the University of Montana, The Story of the M, and Glacial Lake Missoula.

 

Main Hall in Winter. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Main Hall in Winter....
Fall foliage. Photo by Paul Queneau
Fall foliage. Photo ...
M-orning Light Missoula, Montana by Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
M-orning Light Misso...
The University of Montana marching band heads toward the South endzone to form the two lines that welcome the Grizzlies onto the field.  Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 27th, 2012.  Photo by Austin Smith.
The University of Mo...
View of Missoula from the M. ©Mark Payton. www.markpaytonphotography.com
View of Missoula fro...
Main Hall and the M. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Main Hall and the M....