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 police department’

Increased Patrols in Missoula Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Here are some tips to stay safe while celebrating this weekend:... more

Police Warn of Danger and Presence of Fentanyl in Missoula

Be educated about the dangers of Fentanyl and the presence of Fentanyl in our community.... more

Make the Right Choice–Celebrate the End of Summer With a Sober Ride

Missoula law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day weekend.... more

Missoula Police Department Tackles Crimes and Injustices in Local Communities

Missoula’s Police Chief has recently presented the first ever annual report for the state’s second-largest police department. Learn more. ... more

MPD and The Shelter in Place Order

MPD is concerned about the well-being and safety of our commumity, and ask the community to voluntarily follow the orders for everyone's health and safety.... more

Plan a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

By TRAVIS WELSH-Remember to play it safe this holiday season and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin.... more

Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

Missoula is renewing its efforts to keep people safe when riding bikes at night.... more

Avoid a DUI During the Holiday Crackdown

By TRAVIS WELSH-From Dec.16 through Jan. 2, law enforcement across the state will add extra patrols during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national crackdown. ... more

Storm Knocks Out Power in Missoula

By TRAVISH WELSH-A thunder storm with high wind passed through Missoula this evening at about 6:30pm, knocking down power lines and trees, disrupting power to residences and blocking streets. ... more

Missoula Police Emphasize Pedestrian Crossing Safety

The Missoula Police Department will conduct Pedestrian Crossing Emphasis Patrols beginning this week in an effort to enforce pedestrian crossing laws within the city limits. ... more

DQ Ice Cream Tokens Donated to Missoula Police Department

Officers will be on the lookout for children on bikes who are wearing their helmet and will provide them with a token good for an ice cream cone or a Dilly Bar.... more

This Fourth of July, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, Missoula law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. ... more

Cinco De Mayo: Fiesta Time or Jail Time?

The Missoula Police Department reminds anyone joining the fiesta that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and Missoula officers will be out in extra patrols for the Holiday.... more

Missoula Police Participate in Labor Day Weekend
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

The Missoula Police Department is joining thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country in the fight against drunk driving this Labor Day weekend.... more

Missoula Police Crack Down On DUI Over The Holiday

Missoula Police and Montana Highway Patrol officers will be out in force over the long holiday weekend to aggressively target drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.... more

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Share the Road

Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why May is the perfect time for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Missoula.... more

“Click It, Don’t Risk It” Campaign in High Gear for Memorial Day

This Memorial Day in Montana almost 50 law enforcement agencies across the state are adding patrols for the “Click It, Don’t Risk It” high-intensity traffic enforcement period May 19 through June 1.... more

This Cinco de Mayo, Missoula Police Ask: Who’s Your Sober Driver?

This Cinco de Mayo, the Missoula Police Department is cracking down on impaired driving, and those who are caught will be arrested. ... more

Enjoy the Holidays: Drive Sober or Don’t Drive

FYI - The Missoula Police Department is increasing patrols through Jan. 5, 2014 to deter impaired, unsafe driving and keep the public safe on Missoula’s streets.... more

Added Patrols Working to Deter Impaired Driving for Halloween

If you think about driving drunk this Halloween, the Missoula Police Department has a message for you: Keep the party off the road. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.... more

Extra Patrols are Out to Deter Impaired Driving

Alcohol-impaired driving crashes make the Fourth of July one of the deadliest holidays of the year, so the Missoula Police Department is stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe.... more

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

FYI: As warm weather leads to dry roads, motorcyclists are taking advantage of the perfect conditions for spring riding. Police encourage all motorists to brush up on the rules of the road.... more