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 ‘Things to Do with Kids in Missoula’

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Willy Wonka Kids

Get Your lucky tickets for Willy Wonka Kids--playing Nov. 10-11 at MCT.... more

Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

Roots Fest Slated for August 25-26

The 12th annual River City Roots Festival takes place in Downtown Missoula August 25-26, and the Art Show will be the largest ever with 34 art booths.... more

Great Griz Encounter Set For Aug. 24

By ERIC TABER - The 22nd "Great Griz Encounter"meet-and-greet with the 2017 UM football players and coaches will take place in Caras Park on Thursday, August 24.... more

Griz Open Camp August 6

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies' football season officially gets underway on Sunday, August 6, when the 2017 squad reports for fall camp.... more

The World of Broadway at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts

By MICHELLE NIGH - Nearly 200 kids to perform The World of Broadway Thurs., Aug. 10-Sat., Aug. 12 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.... more

Grizzlies Athletics Providing Several Ways to Engage with Youth

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana athletics department is connecting with the youth in Missoula, announcing on Wednesday several initiatives to engage with young fans.... more

MCT: Register for Fall Children’s Programming

Check out MCT's new fall line-up of fun, educational opportunities for kids in our area.... more

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a close on Saturday in Missoula, as the Montana State Bobcats (4-7, 2-6) pulled off an improbable 24-17 win.... more

Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

By ERIC TABER- The road woes that have plagued the Montana football team all season continued on Saturday. The Griz fell to Northern Colorado in Greeley 28-25.... more

Record-Setting Griz Roll Past Idaho State

By ERIC TABER- Backup quarterback, Chad Chalich re-wrote Montana's record books on Saturday, passing for seven touchdowns and rushing for another in a 62-44 win over Idaho State.... more

Lumberjacks Run Past Grizzlies 45-34

By ERIC TABER- Northern Arizona scored on its first play of the game, a 74-yard pass play, and the Lumberjacks never looked back in posting a 45-34 victory over Montana Saturday in Flagstaff.... more

Griz Train Rolls 68-7 Over Scramento State

By ERIC TABER-In 100-plus years of Griz football, Montana has never posted back-to-back games of 60 points or more. It did just that against the Hornets, winning 68-7 in front of 25,351 fans on Saturday.... more

Griz Beat Thunderbirds 43-20 on Homecoming

By ERIC TABER-The No. 11. Montana Grizzlies offense racked up 600 yards of offense and the defense threw a clutch third quarter shutout to win a 43-20 in a homecoming victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.... more

Defense Leads Way in Upset at No. 3 Northern Iowa

By ERIC TABER-Montana failed to score in the second half, but it didn't matter. A dominating defensive performance led No. 14 Montana to a 20-14 upset win on the road against No. 3 Northern Iowa. ... more

Griz Score 35 Second-Half Points to Beat Saint Francis

By ERIC TABER-It was a tale of two halves for the Montana offense on Saturday, as they scored 35 of their 41 points in the second half, overcoming a 10-6 Saint Francis halftime lead to win 41-31.... more

Griz Running Backs Set to Play Key Role in 2016

By ERIC TABER - Upon first glance of the Montana Grizzlies' pass-happy offense under head coach Bob Stitt, it might be easy for fans to forget about the running backs.... more

Griz Football: Fall Camp Enters Home Stretch

By ERIC TABER - Fresh off a day's rest, the Montana Grizzlies returned to the field inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Monday morning for the 14th practice of fall camp.... more

Experience and Versatility Key to Success of a Strong D-line

By ERIC TABER - The 2016 Grizzlies will once again boast one of the nation's best D-lineman in second-year starter, and second-year heir to the #37 throne, Caleb Kidder. ... 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

Griz Show All-Around Strength in First Scrimmage

By ERIC TABER - Montana opens the 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 against Saint Francis, under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. ... more

Marathon Training Tips – Post Marathon Recovery

By DAN LYNE-Completing a 26 mile race is an extreme test of endurance that takes a lot out of your body. Your best strategy for full recovery starts in the first 30 minutes after the race. ... more

America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

They come from all corners of North America, bringing gut-string instruments, virtuoso talent, encyclopedic knowledge of a bygone era and acclaim as the modern masters of their art.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Opens This Weekend, Opens Daily June 11

By BECKY GOODRICH - Splash Montana opens on Sat., June 4. The facility will be open Sat. and Sun., June 4 and 5 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., and will begin daily operation on Sat., June 11.... more

Marathon Training Tips – Weeks 11-16 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-In my last post, I discussed the need to improve your strength to ensure you build injury resistant muscles, tendons and ligaments. ... more

Antelope, Anterless Deer and Elk License Applications Due June 1

By Joleen Tadej - The deadline to apply for FWP’s special license drawings for antelope and elk and deer B licenses is Wednesday, June 1.... more

Parklets and Pianos! Friday June 3

Friday, June 3rd, is First Friday, and the best way to start your summer off right. several local businesses have partnered to bring you Parklets and Pianos.... more

MCT, UM Confucius Institute and Beijing Theatre Collaboration

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) continues its collaboration with the China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) in Beijing. ... more

Missoula Community Band Presents 2016 Summer Band Concerts

The Missoula City Band announces its summer series for 2016. For well over a hundred years, we have been playing fine band music for the public in our open-air concerts.... more

5th Annual Doggie Dash Expo and Fun Run May 15

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 5th annual Doggie Dash pet expo and fun run on Sun., May 15, at Silver Park. ... more

Kids, Families Invited to FREE Unplug and Play! Kick-Off Celebration on May 1

Families are invited to the 5th annual Let’s Move! Missoula: Unplug and Play! kick-off celebration on Sunday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McCormick Park. ... more

More Training Tips – Weeks 5-10 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-With Missoula and many other Northwest marathons coming up in June and early July it’s not too late to register and even start training (provided you have a running base.)... more

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical is flying with the Missoula Community Theatre April 28-May 15!... more

5th Annual Doggie Dash Fun Run Slated for May 15

Missoula Parks & Rec and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 5th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Sun. May 15, at Silver Park. ... more

Brain Injury Awareness Month Concludes with Bowl for Brain Strong Fundraiser

Brain Injury Alliance of Montana will celebrate increased awareness of brain injury with our 3rd annual Bowl for Brain Strong Fundraiser on Sat, April 2, 2016, from 11-3 p.m.... more

MCT: Robinson Crusoe Spring Day Camp April 4-10

Spring break plans for your kiddos? The Missoula Children’s Theatre has limited spots available in its spring day camp production of The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, April 4-10.... more

Comeback Falls Short, Lady Griz Lose 65-62

By JOEL CARLSON - Trailing by 16 early in the fourth quarter, a potential epic comeback by Montana came up one play short, and the Lady Griz ended their season with a 65-62 loss to North Dakota Wed. ... more

Montana-North Dakota: Inside The Numbers

By JOEL CARLSON-North Dakota enters Wednesday’s quarterfinal game against Montana having won 12 of its last 13 games. The Lady Griz have won nine of their last 10. ... more

How to Start Training for Your June/July Marathon

By DAN LYNE-Believe it or not, it’s time to start training for the Missoula Marathon (July 10) or any number of other Northwest marathons this summer.... more

Lady Griz, Fighting Hawks Meet for Third Time

By JOEL CARLSON - When the Big Sky Conference women's quarterfinals tip off Wednesday, all four games will feature teams that have played one another within the last three weeks. ... more

Lady Griz Start Slow, Finish Fast to Advance

By JOEL CARLSON-McCalle Feller scored 28 points, 21 in the second half to lead No. 5 Montana to a 78-63 victory over No. 12 Northern Arizona Monday afternoon in Reno. ... more

Valley Named First-Team All Big Sky Conference

By JOEL CARLSON-Montana junior Kayleigh Valley, who led the league in scoring and her team to a fifth-place finish, was named a unanimous first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection.... more

Lady Griz Enter Postseason With Comeback Win

By JOEL CARLSON-Kayleigh Valley scored a game-high 29 points and converted the game-winning three-point play with 29 seconds left in OT to help the Lady Griz win 72-66 over Northern Colorado Friday night. ... more

Lady Griz Fall, Will Play On Monday in Reno

By JOEL CARLSON-North Dakota raced out to a 17-point halftime lead and held off Montana’s second-half comeback attempt in a 73-61 victory over the Lady Griz Wed. night in Grand Forks. ... more

Lady Griz Playing For Reno Seed This Week

By JOEL CARLSON - The Montana women's basketball team will close out its regular season this week with road games at North Dakota and Northern Colorado. ... more

Juniors Highjack Senior Day, Lead Lady Griz to Win

By JOEL CARLSON - Kayleigh Valley scored a career-high 31 points, and Alycia Sims had her sixth double-double to lead Montana to a hard-fought 84-75 victory over Weber State Sat. afternoon.... more

Lady Griz Shut Down Bengals, Win Sixth Straight

By JOEL CARLSON - (PHOTO GALLERY) Montana put Idaho State's leading scorers in a defensive vice grip and held the Bengals to 24.2 percent shooting in a 62-47 Lady Griz victory Thurs. night.... more

Final Home Games of the Season for Lady Griz

By JOEL CARLSON - The Lady Griz host Idaho State on Thurs. at 7PM and Weber State on Sat. at 2PM at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Vining Plays Hero, Lady Griz Win

By JOEL CARLSON - (PHOTO GALLERY) Haley Vining hit the 3-pointer of her life with 14 seconds left and her team trailing by one, to propel Montana to a 70-66 victory over MSU Saturday afternoon. ... more

Lady Griz Aiming to Make it Five Straight Saturday

By JOEL CARLSON - The Lady will host Big Sky Conference leader Montana State Saturday afternoon in the only game of the week for both teams. Tip off is at 2 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena.... more