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 ‘Top Hat Lounge’

What’s Happening at the Top Hat: Sept. 4-9

Playing at the Top Hat Lounge this week: Andrea Harsell, Elephant Revival & the Rustics, Ted Ness & the Rusty Nails, Ted Ness & the Rusty Nails, Quartetto Gelato, & more!... more

The Pimps of Joytime Perform at the Top Hat Aug 20

Top Hat Entertainment presents genre defying, Brooklyn-bred The Pimps of Joytime at the Top Hat on Thursday, August 20.... more

Country A Cappela Band, Home Free In Concert March 16

When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… ... more

‘Throwing Down’ With Nick Dunbar of Mountain Standard Time

By EVAN CLARK - The 5-piece bluegrass/progressive rock band, Mountain Standard Time, of Nederland, CO, will be performing at the Top Hat Lounge on Aug14th in Missoula. ... more

More than Just Live Music on the Menu at Newly
Renovated Top Hat

By PAUL SIDORIAK - The newly renovated Top hat is on tempo to be one of the Northwest’s premier venues to have a rocking good time...AND a great lunch!... more

Box Cutting at the Top Hat

By RYAN LANDOLFI - Missoula's blues-rock two-piece, The BoxCutters, played the Top Hat to a loyal local crowd on Thursday night.... more