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 […]

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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.