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 YMCA’

Celebrating Fathers: A Tradition Started at the YMCA

Did you know that the first Father's Day celebration was on June 19, 1910 and started at the Spokane, Washington YMCA?... more

Sign the Kiddos up for Summer Camp at the Missoula Kids Camp Expo

Come to the 4th Annual Missoula Kids Camp Expo Saturday, Apr. 18th from 1-4 pm. Sign the kids up for camp at one of 20 Missoula summer camp and children’s Activity providers. ... more

The Missoula YMCA Hosts Healthy Kids Day, Saturday April 11

The Missoula YMCA encourages kids and their families to come to the Y for Healthy Kids Day--this Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. ... more

Missoula YMCA Spearheads Fundraising Effort for Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak

The Missoula YMCA is spearheading a fundraising effort to help the Sierra Leone YMCA purchase much needed disinfectant supplies, chlorine, bleach and buckets to battle the Ebola outbreak.... more

Summer Safety Around Water

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Summer swimming in Montana's lakes and rivers can be a great way to cool off if a few simple precautions are taken. How simple? Try these tips:... more

YMCA Riverbank Run: Fun for the Entire Family

The YMCA's Riverbank Run is this Saturday, May 11 and offers fun for the entire family including a fast 1-Mile, 5K or 10K and Trifecta . ... more

Reserve & Green: A New Missoula Musical

By MARK VOSBURGH - Local writer and composer Amy Martin will debut act one of her new musical, Reserve & Green, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown Dance Collective.... more