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’ Category

The Must-Know Tips for Moving to Missoula, Montana

Whether you are moving alone or with your family, relocating is never easy. If you're moving to Montana, here are some tips:... more

How to Move to Fayetteville: The Complete Relocation Guide

Fayetteville is an exciting city to relocate to with your family. Here's why:... more

The Great Resignation Is Making Missoula a Top Relocation Destination

Thanks to The Great Resignation, Missoula is experiencing a surge in popularity as a relocation destination. Here's why:... more

Reasons Why You Might Want to Move to a New State

There are so many reasons why someone might want to move to a new state. Whatever your reason here are some pros and cons to consider:... more

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

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

Planning To Move To Montana? Here Are The Top Cities To Choose From

If you were ever considering moving to Montana, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the top cities to choose from. Spoiler alert - they are all fully immersed in nature.... 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

A Guide to Renting an Apartment in Missoula, MT

This guide will help you research and find the perfect rental apartment in Missoula, as well as give you an idea of what it’s like to live here.... more

Moving to Missoula: What You Need to Know

Between its natural wonders, hometown feel, and classic Americana culture, Missoula is a great place to resettle.... more

Why You Should Stage Your House Before Listing

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

Home Renovations to Sell Your House Faster

Here is a list of affordable and straightforward renovations that you must consider for the home you are about to place on the market. ... more

18 Home Improvement Ideas

Most of these home improvement ideas can be done in a very short time.... 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

6 Reasons Why You Should Soundproof Your House

Sound pollution has become a major issue, especially for those who live in urban areas. Here are some reasons to consider soundproofing your home.... more

Things You Should Know Before Selling Your Home

When preparing to sell a home, it is important that you know what to expect and prepare well.... more

Moving Into A New Home Checklist

When you first move into a new home, the list of things to do can be exhausting. But with a little preparation can make the entire move much easier.... more

How to Pick a Quality Home

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

Moving an LGBT Family to a New City

Being an LGBT family has its own factors that have to be taken into consideration when choosing where to move.... 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

How a Realtor in Missoula Can Help Accurately Price Your Home

One of the most important components of selling a home is pricing it right. ... 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

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

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

Missoula Housing Market Continues Steady Recovery

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Low inventory, higher interest rates and a harsh winter have contributed to fewer home sales and a higher median sold price in Missoula this year compared to last year.... more

Testing the Waters–Ensuring the Water You Drink is Healthy

Hard water is the leading water problem in America and, and Missoula and Western Montana are no exception. Here are few things to know about hard water and what to do about it:... more

Hard Water Problems in Missoula

Hard water is the leading water problem in America and, and Missoula and Western Montana are no exception. Here are few things to know about hard water and what to do about it:... more

A Great Contrast

By DAN SAXTON - The last couple weeks have been eye-opening to me as a new resident in Montana and as a lover of the outdoors. We plunged right from 85-degree temperatures to the 50’s and have stayed there.... more

What is Peakbagging?

By DAN SAXTON - Climbing mountains has always been my favorite activity. I am what many call a “peakbagger" - that is, one who primarily climbs mountains and has a set goal of summits to reach. ... more

Hiking Sawmill Gulch

By DAN SAXTON - Hiking Sawmill Gulch via the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area on the north side of Missoula is a wonderful opportunity to see majestic forest country within a half-hour’s drive from town.... more

For Outdoor Enthusiasts: The Rocky Mountain Map Gallery

By DAN SAXTON - Whether you're a hiker, climber, fisherman, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast in general, check out the incredible selection of maps at the Rocky Mountain Map Gallery.... more