List of hillside letters in Montana

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The M on Mt. Sentinel overlooks the University of Montana in Missoula
The M of Montana Tech, overlooking Butte

This is a list of hillside letters (also known as mountain monograms) in the U.S. state of Montana.[1][2][3] There are at least 80 hillside letters, acronyms, and messages in the state, possibly as many as 88. While western Montana provides plenty of mountains to support these monograms, many towns in the eastern prairie have also placed them on whatever hill they can find.

Monogram Town Description Location
Fish Livingston "Trout capital of the world" 45°40′15″N 110°33′51″W / 45.6708°N 110.5641°W / 45.6708; -110.5641 ('Trout capital of the world')
A Absarokee 45°31′02″N 109°26′15″W / 45.5172°N 109.4376°W / 45.5172; -109.4376 (Absarokee)
A Anaconda 46°07′03″N 112°58′14″W / 46.1174°N 112.9706°W / 46.1174; -112.9706 (Anaconda)
A Arlee 47°09′23″N 114°05′42″W / 47.156506°N 114.094879°W / 47.156506; -114.094879 (Arlee)
B (uncertain existence) Baker 46°21′54″N 104°16′27″W / 46.3651°N 104.2741°W / 46.3651; -104.2741 (Baker) (uncertain location)
B Dillon Beaverhead County High School 45°14′20″N 112°40′03″W / 45.2389°N 112.6676°W / 45.2389; -112.6676 (Barrett High School)
B Bozeman 45°43′27″N 110°58′57″W / 45.7241°N 110.9825°W / 45.7241; -110.9825 (Bozeman)
B Bridger 45°17′43″N 108°55′42″W / 45.295342°N 108.928286°W / 45.295342; -108.928286 (Bridger)
B Broadus 45°26′52″N 105°24′39″W / 45.4479°N 105.4107°W / 45.4479; -105.4107 (Broadus)
C Helena Carroll College 46°34′13″N 112°01′48″W / 46.5704°N 112.0299°W / 46.5704; -112.0299 (Carroll College)
C Ekalaka Carter County High School 45°53′50″N 104°32′43″W / 45.8973°N 104.5453°W / 45.8973; -104.5453 (Carter Co. High School)
C Cascade 47°16′53″N 111°42′37″W / 47.2815°N 111.7103°W / 47.2815; -111.7103 (Cascade)
C Anaconda Anaconda High School 46°06′50″N 112°57′04″W / 46.114°N 112.9512°W / 46.114; -112.9512 (Central High School)
C Charlo 47°27′01″N 114°15′22″W / 47.4502°N 114.256°W / 47.4502; -114.256 (Charlo)
C Circle 47°25′32″N 105°35′20″W / 47.4255°N 105.5889°W / 47.4255; -105.5889 (Circle)
C (uncertain existence) Colstrip 45°53′06″N 106°37′59″W / 45.885°N 106.6331°W / 45.885; -106.6331 (Colstrip) (uncertain location)
C Corvallis 46°20′09″N 114°01′34″W / 46.3359°N 114.0261°W / 46.3359; -114.0261 (Corvallis)
CMR Great Falls C.M. Russell High School 47°29′34″N 111°20′55″W / 47.492892°N 111.348718°W / 47.492892; -111.348718 (Great Falls)
D Darby Darby High School 46°01′29″N 114°09′54″W / 46.0248°N 114.1649°W / 46.0248; -114.1649 (Darby)
D (uncertain existence) Glendive Dawson County High School 47°06′44″N 104°42′24″W / 47.1123°N 104.7066°W / 47.1123; -104.7066 (Dawson High School) (uncertain location)
D Denton 47°18′45″N 109°56′12″W / 47.3124°N 109.9366°W / 47.3124; -109.9366 (Denton)
D Drummond 46°40′12″N 113°08′27″W / 46.6701°N 113.1407°W / 46.6701; -113.1407 (Drummond)
E Ennis 45°21′02″N 111°44′52″W / 45.3505°N 111.7478°W / 45.3505; -111.7478 (Ennis)
F Lewistown Fergus High School 47°03′15″N 109°25′23″W / 47.0541°N 109.4230°W / 47.0541; -109.4230 (Fergus High School)
F Kalispell Flathead High School 48°10′45″N 114°22′54″W / 48.1793°N 114.3816°W / 48.1793; -114.3816 (Flathead High School)
F Forsyth 46°15′41″N 106°40′26″W / 46.2613°N 106.674°W / 46.2613; -106.674 (Forsyth)
F (no longer exists) Frazer 48°03′36″N 106°02′23″W / 48.0601°N 106.0398°W / 48.0601; -106.0398 (Frazer) (uncertain location)
F Frenchtown 47°01′18″N 114°13′16″W / 47.0218°N 114.2212°W / 47.0218; -114.2212 (Frenchtown)
F (uncertain existence) Fromberg 45°23′19″N 108°55′15″W / 45.3886°N 108.9209°W / 45.3886; -108.9209 (Fromberg) (uncertain location)
FB Ft. Benton 47°48′36″N 110°39′45″W / 47.8101°N 110.6626°W / 47.8101; -110.6626 (Ft. Benton)
G Gardiner 45°02′17″N 110°42′22″W / 45.038°N 110.7062°W / 45.038; -110.7062 (Gardiner)
G Geraldine 47°36′21″N 110°17′13″W / 47.6057°N 110.287°W / 47.6057; -110.287 (Geraldine)
G Geyser 47°17′10″N 110°30′32″W / 47.2861°N 110.5089°W / 47.2861; -110.5089 (Geyser)
G Glasgow 48°12′42″N 106°38′22″W / 48.2118°N 106.6395°W / 48.2118; -106.6395 (Glasgow)
G Philipsburg Granite High School 46°19′50″N 113°16′59″W / 46.3306°N 113.283°W / 46.3306; -113.283 (Granite High School)
GR Grass Range 47°01′37″N 108°48′31″W / 47.027°N 108.8087°W / 47.027; -108.8087 (Grass Range)
GF Great Falls Great Falls High School 47°31′18″N 111°20′07″W / 47.5218°N 111.3353°W / 47.5218; -111.3353 (Great Falls)
H Hamilton 46°14′03″N 114°13′53″W / 46.2342°N 114.2315°W / 46.2342; -114.2315 (Hamilton)
H Harlowton 46°26′40″N 109°48′55″W / 46.4445°N 109.8154°W / 46.4445; -109.8154 (Harlowton)
H Havre Havre High School 48°31′24″N 109°38′19″W / 48.5232°N 109.6386°W / 48.5232; -109.6386 (Saddle Butte)
H Havre Havre High School 48°32′49″N 109°41′14″W / 48.546896°N 109.687308°W / 48.546896; -109.687308 (Blue Pony stadium)
H Helena 46°34′13″N 112°01′48″W / 46.5704°N 112.0299°W / 46.5704; -112.0299 (Helena)
H (no longer exists) Missoula Hellgate High School 46°51′45″N 113°59′48″W / 46.8624°N 113.9966°W / 46.8624; -113.9966 (Hellgate High School) (uncertain location)
H Highwood 47°34′48″N 110°47′37″W / 47.5801°N 110.7935°W / 47.5801; -110.7935 (Highwood)
H Hinsdale 48°22′40″N 107°05′47″W / 48.3778°N 107.0964°W / 48.3778; -107.0964 (Hinsdale)
H Hot Springs 47°37′35″N 114°39′04″W / 47.6263°N 114.651°W / 47.6263; -114.651 (Hot Springs)
H Hysham 46°15′45″N 107°13′30″W / 46.2624°N 107.2249°W / 46.2624; -107.2249 (Hysham)
J Jackson 45°22′50″N 113°23′54″W / 45.3805°N 113.3982°W / 45.3805; -113.3982 (Jackson) (uncertain location)
J Boulder Jefferson High School 46°14′41″N 112°08′55″W / 46.2448°N 112.1486°W / 46.2448; -112.1486 (Jefferson High School)
J Joliet 45°28′51″N 108°57′35″W / 45.4808°N 108.9598°W / 45.4808; -108.9598 (Joliet)
J Jordan 47°18′54″N 106°53′54″W / 47.3151°N 106.8984°W / 47.3151; -106.8984 (Jordan)
K Klein 46°24′02″N 108°33′04″W / 46.4006°N 108.5512°W / 46.4006; -108.5512 (Klein)
KG (uncertain existence) Gildford Kremlin-Gildford High School (closed) 48°34′11″N 110°18′00″W / 48.5698°N 110.3°W / 48.5698; -110.3 (Kremlin-Gildford High School) (uncertain location)
L Lavina 46°18′41″N 108°56′01″W / 46.3114°N 108.9335°W / 46.3114; -108.9335 (Lavina)
L (no longer exists) Lewistown 45°40′12″N 110°33′44″W / 45.67°N 110.5621°W / 45.67; -110.5621 (Lewistown) (uncertain location)
L Libby 48°23′39″N 115°30′31″W / 48.3943°N 115.5087°W / 48.3943; -115.5087 (Libby)
L Lima 44°37′07″N 112°34′42″W / 44.6185°N 112.5784°W / 44.6185; -112.5784 (Lima)
L Eureka Lincoln County High School 48°53′03″N 115°03′22″W / 48.8842°N 115.0561°W / 48.8842; -115.0561 (Lincoln High School)
L Missoula Loyola High School 46°52′22″N 113°58′07″W / 46.8728°N 113.9685°W / 46.8728; -113.9685 (Loyola High School)
M (uncertain existence) Malta 48°21′18″N 107°52′12″W / 48.3549°N 107.8701°W / 48.3549; -107.8701 (Malta) (uncertain location)
M St. Ignatius Mission High School 47°18′03″N 114°06′24″W / 47.3007°N 114.1066°W / 47.3007; -114.1066 (Mission High School)
M Bozeman Montana State University 45°42′52″N 110°58′25″W / 45.7144°N 110.9735°W / 45.7144; -110.9735 (Montana State University)
M Butte Montana Tech, built 1910 46°01′09″N 112°33′31″W / 46.0191°N 112.5587°W / 46.0191; -112.5587 (Montana Tech Miners)
M Missoula University of Montana, built 1909 46°51′34″N 113°58′33″W / 46.8594°N 113.9757°W / 46.8594; -113.9757 (University of Montana)
M Dillon University of Montana Western 45°13′15″N 112°40′02″W / 45.2209°N 112.6671°W / 45.2209; -112.6671 (University of Montana Western)
N Havre Montana State University Northern 48°32′49″N 109°41′12″W / 48.546977°N 109.686583°W / 48.546977; -109.686583 (Blue Pony stadium)
P Livingston Park High School 45°40′17″N 110°33′45″W / 45.6714°N 110.5624°W / 45.6714; -110.5624 (Park High School)
P Plains 47°27′43″N 114°52′19″W / 47.4619°N 114.872°W / 47.4619; -114.872 (Plains)
P Polson 47°40′47″N 114°08′50″W / 47.6798°N 114.1471°W / 47.6798; -114.1471 (Polson)
P Deer Lodge Powell County High School 46°25′20″N 112°45′36″W / 46.4222°N 112.7599°W / 46.4222; -112.7599 (Powell High School)
RL Red Lodge 45°10′36″N 109°14′33″W / 45.1766°N 109.2425°W / 45.1766; -109.2425 (Red Lodge)
R Reed Point 45°42′09″N 109°32′33″W / 45.7026°N 109.5424°W / 45.7026; -109.5424 (Reed Point)
R Roberts 45°22′35″N 109°11′11″W / 45.3764°N 109.1864°W / 45.3764; -109.1864 (Roberts)
R (no longer exists) Billings Rocky Mountain College 45°48′08″N 108°33′17″W / 45.8023°N 108.5547°W / 45.8023; -108.5547 (Rocky Mountain College) (uncertain location)
R Rosebud 46°16′23″N 106°26′14″W / 46.273°N 106.4372°W / 46.273; -106.4372 (Rosebud)
R (uncertain existence) Roundup 46°26′17″N 108°32′15″W / 46.4381°N 108.5376°W / 46.4381; -108.5376 (Roundup) (uncertain location)
R Roy 47°19′22″N 108°57′10″W / 47.3227°N 108.9527°W / 47.3227; -108.9527 (Roy)
R Ryegate 46°18′08″N 109°15′24″W / 46.3023°N 109.2568°W / 46.3023; -109.2568 (Ryegate)
S (no longer exists) Missoula Sentinel High School 46°50′49″N 114°00′36″W / 46.847°N 114.0099°W / 46.847; -114.0099 (Sentinel High School) '
S Shelby 48°31′10″N 111°52′02″W / 48.5195°N 111.8671°W / 48.5195; -111.8671 (Shelby)
S Sheridan Sheridan K-12 Schools 45°27′05″N 112°07′30″W / 45.4514°N 112.1251°W / 45.4514; -112.1251 (Sheridan)
R (uncertain existence) Saint Regis 47°18′23″N 115°06′19″W / 47.3064°N 115.1053°W / 47.3064; -115.1053 (St. Regis) (uncertain location)
S Stanford 47°09′56″N 110°16′21″W / 47.1655°N 110.2724°W / 47.1655; -110.2724 (Stanford)
S Superior 47°11′44″N 114°52′45″W / 47.1955°N 114.8791°W / 47.1955; -114.8791 (Superior)
T Terry 46°48′38″N 105°18′55″W / 46.81058°N 105.3153°W / 46.81058; -105.3153 (Terry)
T Three Forks 45°53′11″N 111°39′00″W / 45.8864°N 111.6501°W / 45.8864; -111.6501 (Three Forks)
TB Twin Bridges 45°33′55″N 112°18′46″W / 45.5653°N 112.3127°W / 45.5653; -112.3127 (Twin Bridges)
U Ulm 47°26′19″N 111°30′00″W / 47.4387°N 111.4999°W / 47.4387; -111.4999 (Ulm)
V Victor 46°26′23″N 114°11′57″W / 46.4396°N 114.1992°W / 46.4396; -114.1992 (Victor)
W Whitehall 45°54′37″N 112°02′14″W / 45.910345°N 112.037352°W / 45.910345; -112.037352 (Whitehall)
W (uncertain existence) Wibaux 46°59′16″N 104°11′16″W / 46.9878°N 104.1877°W / 46.9878; -104.1877 (Wibaux) (uncertain location)
W Windham 47°05′02″N 110°08′20″W / 47.084°N 110.139°W / 47.084; -110.139 (Windham)
W Winifred 47°33′54″N 109°22′07″W / 47.5651°N 109.3685°W / 47.5651; -109.3685 (Winifred)
W Winnett 46°59′31″N 108°20′45″W / 46.992°N 108.3458°W / 46.992; -108.3458 (Winnett)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Corning, Evelyn (2007). Hillside Letters A to Z: A Guide to Hometown Landmarks. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-87842-533-4. OCLC 79256698. OL 8556565W. 
  2. ^ Parsons, James J. (1988). "Hillside Letters in the Western United States". Landscape. Sante Fe, New Mexico. 30 (1): 15–23. Archived from the original on 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  3. ^ Rocha, Guy (June 2004). "Hillside Letters: In Plain Sight But Not Intended for Planes". Sierra Sage. Archived from the original on 2015-08-17. 

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