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

Archive for the ‘Moving Day’ Category

Here’s How to Stay Sane While Moving

Does the idea of moving scare you? A few tips can help you stay sane while shifting to your new home.... more

Things To Look For When Buying A Home

Here is a compilation of a few things you need to look for when purchasing a home, and prepare yourself before you start the hunt.  ... more

Do These 6 Things before Your Moving Day

Moving days can be incredibly hectic. To make things easier on yourself, you should do these 6 things ahead of time:... more

Moving States: 7 Things You Might Not Have Thought Of

Whether you’re moving for your dream job or moving back home to save money for a new house, the whole thing can be exciting yet overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:... more

Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit Before Moving Abroad

Considering a move abroad? Handling your possessions can be chaotic and since you can’t relocate with all your possessions, renting a storage unit is an ideal solution.... more

Important Factors To Consider Before Moving Out Of Your Old Apartment

Moving out of any location can seem stressful, but with the right information, you should have no problem getting everything done with ease.... more

Why You Should Stage Your House Before Listing

Staging a home is a guarantee to sell your home faster and for money.... more

Buyout Of Flood Victims’ Homes Planned, But All Residents Need Flood Protection

Missoula County plans to  apply for a $4 million grant to buy out homeowners whose properties are prone to flooding in the west of the city.... more

5 Tips for New Homeowners

Here are some tips for new homeowners to maximize your space, reduce moving day stress and create a smooth transition from your old home to your new one.... more

Is Selling a House in a Buyer’s Market a Bad Idea?

Whether it's a good idea or not, selling your home in a buyer's market is very dependent on how smart and lucky you are. ... more

How to Pick a Quality Home

These few steps are simple but valuable in searching for your perfect home.... more

Missoula in Motion Launches January Clear the Air Challenge

For the month of January, Missoula In Motion will challenge citizens to reduce the amount of C02 they emit into the air by trying to limit their solo driving trips.... more

Creative Ideas to Maximize Space in Your Missoula Home

Whether you’re looking to move to Missoula or relocating to the locality, here’s some useful ways to maximize a space to its full potential.... more

Smell Makes Cents

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Realtors are gearing up for the busiest time of the year. Smell, believe it or not, plays a big role in the whole process.... more

I’m Not in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - What can you do to protect yourself, your parents, or others who may be considering a reverse mortgage?... more

I LOVETT! Music Plays Again in an Old Company Town

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Lyle Lovett & His Large Band were the first show to take the stage at the new KettleHouse Amphitheatre in what was an amazing evening of entertainment.... more

February: LOVE Your House Month: Fire Safety

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Take a little time to learn what YOU can do to keep your home warm and toasty, while keeping yourself and your family safe during these cold winter months.... more

Missoula is Our Home for the Holiday

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Sit back and enjoy a little clip of scenes from in and around Missoula! Wishing you and yours a safe, wonderful and warm holiday season!... more

Growing Birds in the Garden City

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Why did the chicken cross Missoula Ave? Perhaps to say hello to the new neighbors, Quail and Duck!... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Storing History in Milltown

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Ask anyone in Bonner, West Riverside, or Milltown where they used to go buy groceries and more than likely you will hear a variety of responses: Milltown Market, Finky’s or Disbrow’s.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Create a Great Learning Space

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -How do people create a productive learning environment at home? I'm convince it takes headspace, and physical space.... more

Trash Talk Missoula

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -On a bright Saturday morning, approximately 75 boaters, tubers, and divers met to talk trash! River trash that is. It was the 13th year of the annual Blackfoot River Cleanup.... more

Griz Tabbed as Big Sky Runner-Up

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish second in the 2016 Big Sky Conference preseason polls by both the media and the league coaches.... more

Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -The annual Missoula Marathon: one of the highlights of the year for many locals and visitors to our town!... more

Understanding Agency: Part II

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Are you a fan of lists and sticky notes? I sure am! Even before getting into real estate, I was a “listing agent” in my own right!... more

Understanding Agency: Huddle Up with a Buyer’s Agent

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Picture this: you are at the annual Brawl of the Wild with all your buddies who are die-hard Grizzly fans.... more

Flora and Fauna Interpreted at MAM

A field note is a means for recording an observation in order to remember and better understand the particular phenomenon later.... more

Saturday Markets Open May 7

By MADELEINE HOYT Downtown Missoula streets will be bustling with activity, as the Saturday Morning Market Season opens this Saturday, May 7, 2016. All three public markets will open on the same day for the ... more

24th Annual Garden City BrewFest

The 24th annual Garden City BrewFest will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Caras Park from noon to 8 pm. The Garden City BrewFest again serves as the grand finale of the 5th annual Missoula Craft Beer Week. ... more

New Trails and Old Tales: That’s What Bonner is Made Of

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - As we eagerly await the Milltown State park to open, we continue to celebrate the accomplishment of the removal of the Milltown Dam.... more

Is Home Buying Really as Easy as HGTV?

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - I’m going to admit it right here on Make it Missoula. I have an addiction to HGTV. Especially the renovation shows.... more

MissouLUCKY!

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - (PHOTO GALLERY) I’m only a wee bit Irish, but I can tell you, I feel extremely lucky to call Missoula my home. Not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but 365 days of the year.... more

Building Tiny Houses With Big Dreams

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Brian Daigle grew up building forts as a child, and now that pastime has turned into a successful and ever- growing company--Montana Tiny Homes.com.... more

MISSOULA-LA-LOVE (plus chocolate)

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Missoula is like a box of chocolates. The neighborhoods may all be housed in our great city, but each area has its own unique taste, feel, and characteristic.... more

To Stay Put or Uproot? SPACE ODDITY

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Space. It matters! So when it comes to buying, here are a few start up questions to begin defining the type of space your would like for your home.... more

Location, Location, Location!

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Location, location, location! Yes, the most overused phrase in Real Estate can seem as obnoxious as the Brady Bunch phrase, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” ... more

Red’s Hosts Annual Gift Wrapping Fundraiser

Enjoying some holiday cheer at Red’s Bar next week will relieve stress and help one of Missoula’s own. ... more

Support Someone’s Dream on Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov 28 marks the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. Downtown Missoula businesses are participating in the event that saw $14.3 billion in consumer spending nationally last year. ... 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

Leaf Collection Starts Monday, Nov. 2

The City of Missoula will begin fall leaf pickup on Monday, Nov. 2, starting in the neighborhoods north of the Clark Fork River during the first week. ... more

ATTENTION Missoula Dogs: Bark for Life Event Oct 3, at Silver Park

By PAM VOTH - Missoula Dogs, grab your leash and your human and let’s have some fun at the Bark for Life event on Oct 3 at Silver Park!... 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

This Fourth of July, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, Missoula law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. ... more

City Imposes Stage 1 Fire Reststrictions Bans All Fireworks

Fire Danger moved to EXTREME on Monday and Stage 1 fire restrictions have been imposed prohibiting use of fire or open flame, including campfires, smoking and the use of fireworks.... more

Street Trees Suffer in Summer Weather

By BECKY GOODRICH - The heat is hard on all of us, but did you know it can KILL trees? Remember that street trees need your help to survive summer’s soaring temperatures.... 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

Emergency Notifications: Smart911 is Your Answer

By NICK HOLLOWAY - The Missoula Office of Emergency Management reminds us: May is National Wildfire Awareness month. Is your family’s ready should a wildfire threaten your property?... 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

Play It Missoula! Downtown Pianos Delivered Friday, June 5

Three Play It Missoula! pianos will be delivered to Downtown locations this Friday, June 5, 2015 for First Friday festivities. You gotta check em out!... more

Summer Season Begins in Glacier National Park

Memorial Day Weekend marks beginning of primary visitation season at national park.... more