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’

Parks & Recreation Offers Variety of Fall Programs

By BECKY GOODRICH - From game night to tennis to adult sports and more, Parks and Recreation has something for everyone this fall. Learn more and register online .... more

Light up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - GLOW FEST, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park. ... more

Offense Rolls in Season-Opening Victory

By ERIC TABER - Montana rolled to a 45-23 victory over Valparaiso to open the 2017 football season.... more

Light Up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - Check out Glow Fest, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park.... more

MCT’s Fall Season of Fun for Kids!

Hakuna matata! Grab your golden ticket because it’s going to be a fall of musical theatre adventures with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT).... more

Over 100 Players to Compete in Regional Pickeball Tournament

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 100 pickleball players from multiple states will be in Missoula this weekend for the fourth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament at Playfair Park.  ... more

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

Chicken with Spinach in Creamy Sauce

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can fuss all you want with fancier dishes, exotic ingredients and new techniques, but when in doubt, choose comfort food.... more

Fall Into Fun With Parks and Recreation

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for these exciting recreation and aquatics programs. Call 721-PARK to register or stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park. ... more

Parks and Recreation Hosts Old-Fashioned Family Fest on Oct. 22

It’s fall—time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned harvest celebrations brought to you by the folks at Missoula Parks and Recreation.... more

Carrot and Quinoa Mini-Muffins

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN-These carrot and quinoa mini-muffins can be kept in the freezer in resealable plastic bags for last minutes snacks.... more

Hunting Elk in August

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Elk shoulder seasons this year will allow hunters in some hunting districts to go after antlerless elk starting Aug. 15.... 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

That First Gun

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Just the other week, I gave my granddaughter and grandson their first firearms; a .22 rifle and .410 shotgun.... more

Bill Bowers speechLess: A Fundraiser for the Next Step Prep Scholarship Fund

Hellgate High School graduate Bill Bowers returns to Missoula for a one-of-a kind performance - Tues., June 28, at 7:30pm at MCT.... 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

Carousel Birthday Party/Expansion Grand Opening Scheduled for May 28

Be a kid again, and bring the kids, when A Carousel for Missoula celebrates its 21st birthday and the Grand Opening of its new expansion this Saturday, May 28.... more

Celebrate Easter in Missoula!

Here are a few Easter events this weekend for a little family fun from our friends over at MissoulaEvents.net!... more

City Council Approves 12 New Playgrounds

The City Council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of of new playground equipment for 12 playgrounds throughout Missoula.... 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

Great Style Never Gets Old

By DILLON TABISH-Maggie Voisin, one of the nation’s best slopestyle skiers, is back on snow and stronger than ever.... more

Lady Griz Host Argos Tonight (Monday) in Exhibition Game

By JOEL CARLSON - The Montana women’s basketball team will wrap up its exhibition schedule when it hosts Great Falls Monday night at 7 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Governor Bullock to Headline Carousel Expansion Groundbreaking Event

Governor Bullock will be on hand to help A Carousel for Missoula celebrate the groundbreaking on its 640 square foot expansion Monday, Nov. 9 at 11:00a.m.... more

Lady Griz Face Saints Tonight in First Exhibition Game

By JOEL CARLSON - The Montana women’s basketball team will play the first of its two preseason exhibition games Wednesday when it hosts Carroll at 7 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena.... more

MissoulaMaze Offers Admission for Food: Benefits Missoula Food Bank

Thurs., Sept. 24, MissoulaMaze is hosting the Get Lost for Good food drive. The local corn maze, will waive admission fees for those who bring a donation of nonperishable food items.... more

Phase II of Silver Summit Playground Opens Saturday

The public is invited to the Phase II opening celebration of Silver Summit Playground on Sat., Aug. 22 at 11am. Phase I of the all-abilities playground opened last fall.... more

Pet Fest to Feature Animal Wonders Presentation with Live Exotic Animals!

The 10th Annual Pet Fest will celebrate International Homeless Animal’s Day at the Adams Center, Saturday, August 22 from 10:00am until 3:00pm.... more

Crittenden and Jones Voted Griz Football Captains

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies have voted, and seniors Derek Crittenden and Jamaal Jones are the 2015 team captains.... more

MCT’s Performing Arts Camp 2015: Booking it on Broadway–A Novel Review

Tickets are $15 and go on sale to the public on Sat., August 1st! Booking it on Broadway—A Novel Review plays Aug. 13-15.... more

BIKEapalooza Kicks Off Sunday Streets Missoula

Celebrate Sunday Streets Missoula on Sunday, July 19, between noon and 4 p.m. on a car-free Higgins Avenue from the red XXXXs on north HIggins Ave.... 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

Kidsfest 2015 Slated for July 28 at Caras Park

Celebrate Kidsfest 2015--a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission and most activities are free. ... more

MCT Announces Free Kids’ Celebration Friday, July 24th

On Friday, July 24th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Missoula Children’s Theatre is throwing a party for kids of ALL ages! ... more

DQ Ice Cream Tokens Donated to Missoula Police Department

Officers will be on the lookout for children on bikes who are wearing their helmet and will provide them with a token good for an ice cream cone or a Dilly Bar.... more

Public Invited to Grant Creek Trail Grand Opening This Thursday

FREE icecream for the first 100 people at the grand opening of the Grant Creek Trail--Missoula's newest bicycle-pedestrian trail. The Celebration will be at 5:30 pm , Thursday July 9.... more

Head Out to the Ball Game for the Helmet Giveaway!

Join the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana for our 8th annual Helmet Giveaway Event at the Missoula Osprey baseball game on Saturday, July 11, starting at 6:00 p.m.... 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

Keep Cool, Stay Safe This Weekend With Parks and Recreation

Missoula Parks and Recreation offers lots of options to safely beat the heat this weekend including Splash, Currents, 4 splash decks and 2 neighborhood spray pools.... 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

Celebrating Fathers: A Tradition Started at the YMCA

Did you know that the first Father's Day celebration was on June 19, 1910 and started at the Spokane, Washington YMCA?... more

Broadway Star Eden Espinosa Presents a Benefit Performance for MCT’s Next Step Prep

On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the sound of Broadway will come to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts as MCT’s Next Step Prep presents Eden Espinosa – Live in Concert.... more

Own Your Own “Paint” Carousel Pony or “Scafti” the Dragon

By THERESA COX- Three very special carvings will go home with lucky winners following A Carousel for Missoula’s gala this Thursday, June 18, at the Ranch Club barn.... more

Walk With a Doc This Thursday

Walk with a Doc this Thursday--it's a free program to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Brought to you by Missoula Parks & Rec and Community Medical Center. Learn more.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Open Daily Beginning June 12

Missoula’s outdoor waterpark, Splash Montana, will begin its 10th season of daily operation on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ... 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

Splash Montana Opens for Lap Swims this Weekend

Due to cool temperatures in this weekend’s weather forecast, Splash Montana waterpark will be open for lap swim only on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.... 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

Carousel to Host Unusual Track Meet to Kick Off Kids’ Day 2015

Hey Kids--wanna barrel race on a stick pony? Toss stinky socks? Tumbe tires? Be a part of the first ever Kids’ Day Track Meet, Sat., May 23, from 8:30-9:30am at the Carousel! ... more

Carousel Carvings on Display at Annual Wood Carvers Show, May 2 & 3

The Ponykeepers of A Carousel for Missoula will be letting the chips fall where they may during the Western Montana Wood Carvers Show, May 3 & 4, at the Missoula Fairgrounds.... more