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 ‘A Carousel for Missoula’

Carousel Receives Generous Donation in Memory of Carver, Alex McDonald

By THERESA COX - Patricia Donlin, of Port Angeles, Washington, has given A Carousel for Missoula $1 million dollars as a memorial to her younger brother, Alex McDonald. McDonald, one of the original Carousel ca... more

Carousel Reopens With a Little Help From Our Friends

By THERESA COX - A Carousel for Missoula reopened on Thur., Aug. 8, following a fifteen-day closure due to a broken cylinder bearing.... more

Solution is in Sight for Carousel Closure

While it isn’t possible to run down to the carousel store to buy a cylinder bearing for a 101 year old carousel, the machinists of Missoula have proven that if they know what we need, they can make it.... more

5 Fun Activities To Do In Missoula In May

Home to more than 66,000 warm and friendly people, Missoula, a city in Montana, is the place to visit this May.... more

Dragon Hollow Expansion in Need of Volunteers and Tools

A Carousel for Missoula is looking for 2,300 volunteers to help refurbish and expand Dragon Hollow Playarea. ... more

Romantic Getaway For Couples In Missoula

The following is a list of some of these fun and fascinating Missoula-based things that are sure to spark a closer intimacy.... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... 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

Carousel Closed for Annual Maintenance

A Carousel for Missoula will be closed through Fri., Jan. 15, for annual maintenance. ... 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

Dragon Hollow to Transform into Haunted Hollow for Halloween Fun!

It is time again for ghosties and ghoulies. Dragon Hollow will become Haunted Hollow from 6 to 8pm, on Thurs., Oct. 22 through Sat., Oct. 24, and again on Thurs., Oct. 29 and Fri. Oct. 30.... more

Carousel Set to Begin Expansion Construction

By THERESA COX - A Carousel for Missoula has reached its fundraising goal for a 640 square foot addition and upgrades to its building in Caras Park. ... 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

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

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

Kidsfest 2014 Slated for July 29 at Caras Park

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2014, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Dragon Hollow to be Haunted for Halloween

Dragon Hollow Playarea, next to A Carousel for Missoula, will be haunted for Halloween, from 6 to 8pm, Fri., Oct. 18 through Sun., Oct. 20, and Fri., Oct. 25 through Wed., Oct. 30.... more

Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival is Saturday July 27

Come to the Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival at Dragon Hollow Play area on Sat., July 27, from 10am to noon. Kids will enjoy fun, food and activities. The first 450 will receive a Tooth Fairy bag.... more

Donate Food, Get Free Rides at A Carousel for Missoula

A Carousel for Missoula riders can earn a free ride each day in March in return for nonperishable food donations to the Missoula Food Bank. ... more

FYI: Griz Day at the Carousel is June 16

FYI: It's Griz Day at A Carousel for Missoula on June 16, from 11am-3pm. Come meet the Grizzly football players. There will be items to be given away and a silent auction with benefits going to the Carousel.... more