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 ‘The Flathead Beacon’

Bourbon-Fried Pound Cake

By ALISON LADMAN - When we first encountered deep-fried, bourbon-soaked Twinkies, we were a little smitten. Until, that is, we realized we could do so much better.... more

Montana Lentil Chili

By MANDA HUDAK - A vegetarian friend asked me for the lentil chili recipe. I am excited to share this recipe because it will be even better with lentils grown right here in Montana.... more

Dungeness Crab Arancini

By JONATHON HARTIG-I enjoy making food that can be altered to fit a cuisine, taste preference or dietary need. Arancini fits that bill. ... more

Earl Gray and Cranberry Cheesecake

By CHRISTIAN PERBIL-Everyone loves cheesecake, regardless of the time of the year. What better way to infuse a cheesecake with the essence of the season than by using cranberries? ... more

Pumpkin Souffle With Caramel Sauce

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - When I think of fall, sugar pumpkins come to mind. This pumpkin is the best for creating pumpkin pies, cheescakes, raviolis, cookies and souffles.... more

Peter Luger’s Steak Sauce

By JONATHON HARTIG - A great steak sauce can add that final element to a beautiful plate of food. The recipe here was adapted from the famous Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, NY.... more

Kaiserschmarnn (Austrian Pancakes)

By Chef TRACY DARUE - Trying to figure out what to do with the abundance of apples from your trees? Try this recipe for Austrian Pancakes.... more

Western Montana’s River Lovers Brace for Early Runoff

Rivers throughout western Montana could get lower than normal this summer, as an unusually low snowpack has melted away two or three weeks earlier than usual.... more

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Asparagus

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - This picture-perfect dish really turned out to be a crowd pleaser.... more

The Rut Kicks in as Hunting Season Reaches Final Weeks

By DILLON TABISH - With the rut in full swing, the annual big game hunting season is counting down in Montana. The last day to hunt deer and elk is Nov. 30.... more

Studying the Mountain Monarchs

By DILLON TABISH - At the midway point of a three-year study, researchers are learning how mountain goats are adapting to large visitation in Glacier National Park.... more

Tragic Ending to Ambitious Young Life

By TRISTAN SCOTT - Experienced BASE jumper had successfully leapt from Glacier Park's Mount Siyeh prior to fatal attempt.... more

Montana Hunting Guide 2014

By DILLON TABISH - The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of big game hunting season, a beloved time of year for the thousands of Montana residents who partake in the traditional custom.... more

Entire Sun Road Expected to Open by Holiday Weekend

The entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by this weekend, allowing access to Logan Pass.... more

Meat in Tube Form

By ROB BREEDING - Bologna gets a bad rap, probably because there’s so much lousy product crowding the deli sections of American grocery stores. But made well, it’s a fine sausage.... more

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

By CHEF JAMIE LIPHARDT - When I peered into my weekly food co-op box, I was thrilled to see a large, beautiful bundle of fresh rhubarb and so I went with the common pairing – strawberry rhubarb.... more

Knitters ‘Bomb’ the Flathead

By JUSTIN FRANZ - Kalispell’s Camus Creek Yarn is behind a growing trend in the Flathead: yarn bombing. The Main Street in Kalispell has been beautified with the intricacies of yarn.... more

Fillet of Beef Grilled in Coffee Beans with a Velvet Chili Sauce

Firing up the grill offers an easy way to entertain during your summer get-togethers with out-of-town guests. This recipe combines coffee beans and tenderloin, but any cut of meat will do.... more

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

By CHEF JOSHUA AUERHAMMER - I really love a great falafel and here in Montana it would seem like this would be impossible to find. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas or fava beans ... more

Avail-TVN Named One of Fastest Growing Tech Companies in North America

By MYERS REECE - Avail-TVN, a company with Flathead roots and a primary office in Kalispell, recently was named the sixth-fastest growing tech company in North America. ... more