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,

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Jennifer Slayden – Main Street Realty

I grew up in a loud, musical house with six siblings. My dad was a professor at MSU and my mom stayed at home. To supplement his income, my father used his carpentry and math skills to build houses, putting all of us kids to work around the site. We loved taking the scrap building materials and creating elaborate forts. I enjoyed the process of watching my dad show and sell his spec homes. In college I landed in Missoula […]

Better Than Netflix: The Roxy is Your Community Cinema

By Matt Anglen- Missoula is firmly rooted in what I call Movie Season. It’s the time of year when all you want to do is warm yourself by the glow of celluloid and think about spring.

Celebrating 15 Years: Humanties Montana’s Festival of the Book

One of the biggest cultural happenings in the Northwest, the 15th annual Festival of the Book happens this weekend with nearly 60 literary events featuring over 80 authors, poets, and artists.

Dressing Up Downtown: Missoula Art Museum’s Upcoming Art Park

By MATT ANGLEN- Congratulations. You may not know it now, but you picked an awesome place to go to school. To help you get acquainted with Missoula, here’s a short list of awesomeness.

The New Student’s Guide to Missoula’s Art Scene

By MATT ANGLEN- Congratulations. You may not know it now, but you picked an awesome place to go to school. To help you get acquainted with Missoula, here’s a short list of awesomeness.

How to Make the Most of What’s Left of Summer in Missoula

By MATT ANGLEN- If you’re like me and are desperately trying to make the most of these last few weeks of sunshine here in Missoula, here is a short list of things to get excited about:

The Average Joe’s Guide to the 2014 Zootown Fringe Festival

By MATT ANGLEN-The Zootown Fringe Festival is completely unjuried and uncensored. Anyone with a performance or art instillation can apply and do whatever they want.

First Friday Featured Artist: Sarah Jaeger

By MATT ANGLEN-Art is big in Missoula. If you don’t believe me just head downtown on the First Friday of every month and you’ll see sidewalks overflowing with people eager to catch the latest exhibition.

Rock the Hood: ZACC puts the ART in Block pARTy

By MATT ANGLEN-I love block parties. There’s something about sipping a beer and eating food from a truck in the middle of a normally busy street that just screams freedom.

Tuesday’s City News: Avalanche Danger, Potholes, Flooding

City of Missoula employees are removing downtown snow berms, clearing storm drains, filling sandbags, and repairing potholes that are erupting with the temperature change.

Shopping on ‘Small Business Saturday’ Builds Local Economy

By LINDA MCCARTHY – Downtown Missoula is rolling out the red carpet for ‘Small Business Saturday’ which encourages people to shop at small, locally-owned, bricks and mortar stores the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Wayfinding: Finding Your Way To And Around Missoula

By LINDA MCCARTHY – Ever notice how other communities have beautiful navigational signs that help guide you to your destination? Ever wonder why Missoula doesn’t?

Sigma Phi Epsilon 30-year Reunion Brings Old Friends To Missoula This Weekend

By LINDA MCCARTHY – Brothers in the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at UM were some of my closest friends in college and this weekend they’re celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the re-opening of the chapter.

Missoula Leaders Engaged at Montana Economic Summit

By LINDA MCCARTHY – The local daily newspaper claimed that Missoula was not well represented at the Montana Economic Summit, held in Butte. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.

Missoula’s Old Sawmill District Ready for Investment

By LINDA MCCARTHY – (PHOTO GALLERY) The Old Sawmill District – the former Champion Mill site on the south side of the Clark Fork River – is a great example of progress in Missoula.

5 Things to Include in Your Personal Flotation Device

By JASON SHREDER – Here are the 5 “must have” items I make sure are either in or on my personal flotation device (PFD) when I hit the river.

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.

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.

Kayaking and Creating Community at Brennan’s Wave

By JASON SHREDER – Thanks to lots of hard work, Caras Park and Brennan’s Wave have become a place where the community can gather and enjoy the sport of kayaking.

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.

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.

Photo Gallery: Missoula St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By ABBY REDFERN & AUSTIN SMITH – Crowds lined Higgins Avenue for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade amidst snow, rain, and green bouncy balls Saturday afternoon.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Events in Missoula

By AUSTIN SMITH – Missoula will come alive this weekend with a St. Patrick’s Day parade and events to rival even the world-renowned Butte celebration.

Get Schooled on Craft Beer at the Kettlehouse Beer Kolledge

By RYAN NEWHOUSE – Beginning Monday, Feb. 20, you can sign up for the Kettlehouse’s new, free four-credit class that covers all things craft beer.

Swinging at the Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula

By PATRICK RECORD and LEAH GREEN – The Missoula Downtown Dance Collective’s recent swing dance workshop put the Garden City in a swingin’ mood.

Missoula Winter Brewfest 2012

By RYAN NEWHOUSE – The 2nd annual Winter Brewfest is this Saturday from 2-8 p.m. at the old Safeway building on Broadway.

Photo Gallery: Signs of Missoula

By ERIN STONER – If you wander downtown Missoula long enough, you’ll notice some little eponymous gems hidden amongst the brick and mortar.

The 2011 Missoula Parade of Lights

The Missoula Downtown Association’s annual Parade of Lights is way more than just a parade! From photos with Santa to the big Christmas tree lighting, check out what’s going on this year.

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Bridge Pizza

Featuring handcrafted artisan pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups & salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Missoula’s place for pizza by the slice.  A unique selection of regional microbrews & gourmet sodas. Owners Shirley Juhl and David McEwen cook their New York-style  pizza in an old-time stone deck oven. Located near downtown Missoula, The Bridge Pizza is in the Southside Historic Neighborhood, just on the south side of the Higgins Avenue Bridge. Check out our menu.