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 ‘Things to do in Missoula’

Montana River Cruises: Why You Should Make it Part of Your Trip

Are you planning on making a trip to Montana? Here is why you should do it in the form of a scenic river cruises. ... more

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

River City Roots Festival is on Friday, August 23 featuring Honey Island Swamp Band as the headliner Friday night and Leftover Salmon will close out the festival Saturday, August 24.... more

Why the People of Missoula Prefer to Gamble Online

There’s nothing wrong with having a big night out at a Missoula casino, but when you gamble online you can make every night a big one without even leaving the house.... more

A Unique Gift to Give for Your Partner

There is nothing more heartwarming than to feel loved and appreciated by your partner, so whatever gift you’re going to choose, remember that it’s never just one gift. ... more

Businesses That Could Be Successful in Missoula, Montana

There is no denying that starting a business is both exciting and frightening.... more

Mumford Concert Logistics

The sold-out Mumford & Sons concert at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field the evening of Aug. 11 will draw thousands of fans to Missoula's civic stadium.... more

Moving Forward as a Family: A Guide

Helping your child through a problem with addiction doesn’t have to be a journey you take alone. Here are some tips to help you and your family move forward and beat this together.... more

Griz QBs Feature Depth and Versatility in 2019

By ERIC TABER -0 The Montana Grizzlies officially return to the field in one week's time with the first practice of fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6 starting the leadup to the season opener at South Dakota.... more

Great Griz Encounter And Movie Night Returns August 23

Join us at Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the Great Griz Encounter! giving fans the chance to meet both the Montana football and volleyball teams.... more

10 Reasons Missoula Montana is Perfect For A Second Honeymoon

Are you looking to celebrate your love with a second honeymoon right here in America? There are few choices as ideal as Missoula, Montana.... more

Missoula’s Annual Chip Seal Program at Work

City of Missoula Street Division crews are hard at work applying oil and chips to city streets in the City’s annual Chip Seal Street Maintenance Program July 22 through Aug. 8.... more

Teen Drivers Exceedingly Vulnerable on Missoula Roads

Although accidents can occur at any time, teen drivers seem to be at greater risk, especially if they partake in unsafe driving.... more

Broadway Beat Performances at MCT Aug 8-10

From Motown to rock to disco to pop to punk, a Broadway Beat has emerged that the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) will celebrate Thu., Aug. 8-Sat., Aug. 10.... more

5 Ways to Avoid Accidents When Driving in Big Cities

If you're planning a trip to a big city any time soon, follow these driving tips to stay safe:... more

Why Spending Time in Nature Is Good for Your Health

If you don’t get to spend lots of time outdoors, here are a few benefits that might make you do that more often. ... 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

2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Features Trout-To-Taimen Around the World

World-wide fly-fishing adventures will be premiered at the 2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival, April 27 at the Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT.... 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

Montana’s Favorite Casino Games Both Online and Offline

Find out about the best games found at casinos in Montana and how you can play even more real money titles at online casinos on desktop and mobile devices.... more

New Community Transportation Plan Set For Implementation Soon

The community of Missoula is determined to make the roads of the city safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.... more

Missoula in Motion Launches January Clear the Air Challenge

For the month of January, Missoula In Motion will challenge citizens to reduce the amount of C02 they emit into the air by trying to limit their solo driving trips.... more

Support Someone’s Dream on Small Business Saturday

The Downtown Missoula Partnership encourages all Missoulians to support the local economy by shopping and dining Downtown November 24 on Small Business Saturday.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 20

By BECKY GOODRICH - Fort Missoula Regional Park invites kids and their families to the 18th Annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Play Day on Saturday, October 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.... more

Stories And Stones Historical Tour

Journey into the past as 18 volunteers in period costume narrate life stories of individuals from Missoula’s past. Sunday, Sept. 16 12:30-3:30. Free Admission.... more

Ten Best Places in Missoula For A Romantic Date

Here are the top ten places in Missoula for a great romantic date.... more

Shop Until You Drop In Missoula

By CINDY CUMMINGS - Missoula has plenty to offer any shopper. Don’t be surprised if you have one too many bags to carry after you are done.... more

Tickets Still Available for Home Opener

By ERIC TABER - What could be better than watching football under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on a late summer evening in Missoula?... more

2018 River City Roots Festival

Don't miss the 2018 River City Roots Festival in Caras Park August 24-25!... more

Brain Injury Alliance of Montana’s Inaugural Big Sky Chalenge Hike Aug 25th

Don't miss our Inaugural Big Sky Challenge Hike with proceeds benefiting brain injury survivors and caregivers!... more

Top 6 Essential Accessories For Your Road Trip

What to do before departure and while travelling to enjoy the stress-free journey.... more

Keeping Vigilant on Protecting Montana’s Waterways

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.... more

Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

Join us for Kidsfest 2018, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

3 Cool Poker Rooms You Should Check Out in Missoula

If you visit Missoula or you go there for a poker tournament, you definitely have to find a poker room where you could practice.... more

Smell Makes Cents

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Realtors are gearing up for the busiest time of the year. Smell, believe it or not, plays a big role in the whole process.... more

“Bears of Durango” Triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

“Bears of Durango” received dual awards during a ceremony at the 41st annual International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) on Saturday, April 21st.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

By BECKY GOODRICH - Mount Jumbo’s South Zone will reopen to public use on Friday, March 30, bringing the area’s annual winter wildlife closure to a close.... more

A Night in Missoula: Where to Go and What to Do

Any day-tripping visitor to Missoula is spoiled with things to do, places to eat and drink, and ways to let your hair down.... more

I’m Not in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - What can you do to protect yourself, your parents, or others who may be considering a reverse mortgage?... more

Handel’s Julius Caesar February 9-11th

Handel’s Julius Caesar runs February 9-11at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. ... more

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Willy Wonka Kids

Get Your lucky tickets for Willy Wonka Kids--playing Nov. 10-11 at MCT.... more

Parks & Recreation Offers Variety of Fall Programs

By BECKY GOODRICH - From game night to tennis to adult sports and more, Parks and Recreation has something for everyone this fall. Learn more and register online .... more

Offense Rolls in Season-Opening Victory

By ERIC TABER - Montana rolled to a 45-23 victory over Valparaiso to open the 2017 football season.... more

Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

I LOVETT! Music Plays Again in an Old Company Town

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Lyle Lovett & His Large Band were the first show to take the stage at the new KettleHouse Amphitheatre in what was an amazing evening of entertainment.... more

Missoula City Band Kicks Off Summer Schedule June 14

This summer, the Missoula City Band, under the direction of Gary Gillett, will play great band music each Wednesday from June 14-Aug 16 at 8 pm at the Bonner Park Band Shell. ... more

Downtown Missoula’s Out to Lunch Launches June 7

The 32nd annual Out to Lunch Summer Series in Caras Park kicks off its 13-week schedule on Wednesday, June 7. ... more

February: LOVE Your House Month: Fire Safety

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Take a little time to learn what YOU can do to keep your home warm and toasty, while keeping yourself and your family safe during these cold winter months.... more

Top Casinos to Visit in Missoula

Missoula, Montana is the second largest city in Montana. Located in Western Montana, the city is strategically located at the convergence of five different mountain ranges. The landscape here is breathtaking an... more

Missoula is Our Home for the Holiday

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Sit back and enjoy a little clip of scenes from in and around Missoula! Wishing you and yours a safe, wonderful and warm holiday season!... more

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a close on Saturday in Missoula, as the Montana State Bobcats (4-7, 2-6) pulled off an improbable 24-17 win.... more