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

Posts Tagged ‘Caras Park’

Kidsfest 2017 Slated for July 25 at Caras Park

By BECKY GOODRICH - Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2017, a free summer celebration at Caras Park.... more

11th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, August 26

The 11th Annual River City Roots Festival opens on Friday, August 26 featuring Missoula’s own Lil’ Smokies as the headliner Friday night and multi-Grammy Award winning Rodney Crowell Sat. night. ... more

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

By WILL SCHULTZ - Meals on Wheels is a part of Missoula Aging Services that helps to deliver food to seniors and to those who are disabled so that they can live an independent life. ... more

Taking a Shakespearean Look at Honoring Volunteers

By WILL SCHULTZ - Last month I got to see a different side of the non-profit world as I attended the MAS’ “Celebration of National Volunteer Week!” event.... more

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

By WILL SCHULTZ - I recently had the pleasure of working with the Poverello Center and found the experience to be rich and very rewarding.... more

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

By WILL SCHULTZ - Recently, I worked a shift at the Missoula Food Bank. The Food Bank dedicates it’s time to fighting hunger in the city of Missoula. ... more

Annual Peace Party Scheduled for Sunday Oct 11

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center invites the public to the Annual Peace Party Scheduled for Sunday October 11 at 3 pm in Caras Park.... more

Carousel Set to Begin Expansion Construction

By THERESA COX - A Carousel for Missoula has reached its fundraising goal for a 640 square foot addition and upgrades to its building in Caras Park. ... more

10th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, Aug. 28

The MDA will open the 10th annual River City Roots Festival on Friday, Aug. 28 in preparation of Missoula hosting North Dakota State in the home opener for Grizzly Football.... more

Learning How the Arts are Being Integrated and Connected in Missoula

By TOM BENSEN -The Washington, DC-based Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) visited Missoula to learn how the arts are being integrated and connected with the Missoula community.... more

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival is July 25

By THERESA COX - Calling all magical beings to attend the Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival on Sat., July 25, from 10am to noon, in the grassy field to the west of Dragon Hollow.... more

The Children’s Museum is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month!

By JENNIFER PEPPROCK- Volunteer Missoula chose The Children’s Museum Missoula as our organization of the month! The Children's Museum has been "Making it Matter" in Missoula since 1994.... more

It’s Summertime in Montana

By TOM BENSEN-Gauging from the thermometer, summer is here. If you love concerts and summertime events, here are some MUST things to do in Missoula and Montana.... more

15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run

The 15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run, slated for Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, will feature over 200 classic and hot rod cars.... more

Airstream: Where Classic Meets Contemporary

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - Ready for a new take on a timeless tradition? Check out the Bretz RV Airstream Trailer Show this Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM at Caras Park. ... more

Celebrate Kids’ Day at the Carousel

A Carousel for Missoula will be celebrating its 20th birthday on Sat., May 23. Come enjoy FREE rides on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. ... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series Kicks Off

The 2015 Summer Series kicks off June 3rd and 4th and is sure to be exciting as the MDA celebrate 30 years of Out to Lunch and 15 years of Downtown ToNight.... more

Downtown Flower Baskets Scheduled To Go Up May 14

By Tom Aldrich for the Missoula Downtown Association Missoula’s beloved Downtown Flower Baskets will be installed this Thursday, May 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A total of 98 baskets will be moved from Pink ... more

23rd Annual Garden City Brewfest Scheduled for Sat. May 2, in Caras Park

The 23rd annual Garden City BrewFest will take place Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Caras Park from noon to 8 pm and is the grand finale of the 4th annual Missoula Craft Beer Week.... more

9th Annual River City Roots Festival Aug 23-24 in Downtown Missoula

Grammy Award winner Sam Bush headlines the admission-free, 2014 River City Roots Festival Aug. 23-24 in downtown Missoula. Welcome Home UM students! ... more

19th Annual Great Griz Encounter, Thursday August 21

Plan to attend the 19th annual “Great Griz Encounter” meet-and-greet and autograph signing event with UM's 2014 football team on Thurs., Aug 21, downtown in Caras Park. ... more

Moksha Aerial Studio Collective (PHOTO GALLERY)

By BILL MUNOZ - Recently I was lucky enough to be introduced to Moksha Aerial Studio Collective (MASC) at the Missoula Farmers Market. Oh what fun it is to shoot these colorful artists. (PHOTO GALLERY).... more

Roots Run Registration Party Friday August 1st

The MDA and Run Wild Missoula will host a River City Roots Run Registration Party Friday, Aug. 1 from 5-8 pm at Runner’s Edge and the alley behind the store located at 304 North Higgins. ... more

Kidsfest 2014 Slated for July 29 at Caras Park

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2014, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Garden City Brew Unveiled July 10; Benefits WORD

The Missoula County Tavern Owners Association as well as four local breweries are pleased to announce the next Garden City Community Brew-- Lemon Lager brewed by Big Sky Brewing Company. ... more

Garden City River Rod Run to Celebrate 50 Years of the Ford Mustang

The 14th Annual Garden City River Rod Run will celebrate 50 Years of the Ford Mustang in Caras Park, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. ... more

The 2014 Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Seasons Kick-Off June 4 & 5

Missoula’s favorite summer dining and entertainment series in Caras Park kicks off June 4 & 5, 2014.... more

4th Annual Winter BrewFest Comes to Caras Park Friday, Feb 21

The Missoula Downtown Association and KettleHouse Brewing Co. will host the 4th annual Winter BrewFest on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 from 5-10 pm in Caras Park.... more

What’s Up This Week in Downtown Missoula

Here's what's happening this week in Downtown Missoula: River Cleanup, River Market and Riverside Shred Fest!... more

Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival is Saturday July 27

Come to the Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival at Dragon Hollow Play area on Sat., July 27, from 10am to noon. Kids will enjoy fun, food and activities. The first 450 will receive a Tooth Fairy bag.... more

Kidsfest 2013 Slated for July 30 at Caras Park

Hey Kids! Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2013, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight the Showcase of Summer in Missoula

By LINDA McCARTHY - Summer has arrived in Missoula, Montana! The telling tale is the start of Out to Lunch in Caras Park and Downtown ToNight. Here's the 2013 schedule of Entertainment.... more

21st Annual Garden City BrewFest Awards Announced

The 2013 Beer Awards for the 21st annual Garden City BrewFest – held last Saturday in Caras Park – have been announced. 70 beers and 12 wines and the winners are...... more

21st Annual Garden City BrewFest Among Events to Kick Off Spring in Missoula

The Missoula Downtown Association will host the 21st Annual Garden City BrewFest this Saturday, May 4 from 12-8pm in Caras Park. This annual event draws 6,000 attendees to sample 70 beers and 12 wines. ... more

21st Annual Garden City BrewFest to Showcase Over 65 Beers

The MDA hosts the 21st Annual Garden City BrewFest on Saturday, May 4 from 12-8pm in Caras Park. Sample over 65 beers and 12 wines. ... more

Beer Battle: Montana Taverns Versus Montana Breweries

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - If you have enjoyed a pint of Montana beer in your favorite bar or brewery recently, chances are you have heard about the legislative “slug fest” playing out in Helena this session.... more

Missoula Downtown Association Readies for the Third Winter Brewfest

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, or ice will keep Missoulians from their brewfests. On Feb. 15, the 3rd MDA Winter Brewfest will be held at Caras Park.... more

The 2nd Annual Ride for Tanner Rail Jam in Caras Park

This Saturday, Nov. 3, the 2nd annual Ride for Tanner Rail Jam will bring big air and big fun to Caras Park. All proceeds go to benefit the construction of a new BMX park.... more

Missoula Hosts Montana Brewers Festival & Craft Beer Conference

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - This Saturday, the Montana Brewers Association is bringing, for the first time, the Fourth Annual Montana Brewers Festival to Missoula.... more

Missoulians Gather in a Spiritual Plea for Snow!

By MARK VOSBURGH - The fine folks at the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation are throwing an epic Pray for Snow Party at Caras Park on Friday, Oct. 5.... more

Press Release: Highlights from New Belgium Brewing’s Missoula Clips of Faith

New Belgium Brewing’s Missoula Clips of Faith stop raised more than $4,600 for Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula. Check out the photos and highlights from the event.... more

Third Annual Celtic Festival Missoula: For the Fans

By LEISA GREENE-NELSON - On July 28, the Third Annual Missoula Celtic Festival took place with beer, food, dancing, and music. For the bands, it's all about the fans.... more

Celtic Festival Missoula and the Highlander Beer Evolution

By LEISA GREENE-NELSON - Saturday, July 28 is the 3rd Celtic Festival. It's bigger than ever with 2 stages, 10 bands, triple the volunteers, and plenty of Highlander Beer.... more

Photo Gallery: Montana Whitewater Championship Finals

By AUSTIN SMITH - The final round of the Montana Whitewater Championships were held at Brennan’s Wave in Missoula’s Caras Park on Wednesday.... more

Photo Gallery: Montana Whitewater Championship Pre-Comp

By AUSTIN SMITH - The Montana Whitewater Championships will culminate in the final round of competition at Brennan’s Wave in Missoula’s Caras Park on Wednesday.... more