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,

Posts Tagged ‘Missoula Culture’

4 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Montana

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14th Annual River City Roots Festival Begins Friday, August 23

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Missoula Community Theatre’s Production of Willy Wonka Opens Dec 13th

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The Missoula Community Theatre Announces Auditions for Willy Wonka

Magical rooms of candy-making machines, chocolate rivers, and the mysterious Oompa Loompas can only mean one thing….the Missoula Community Theatre is holding auditions for Willy Wonka.... more