In 1916, a Ford Model T plunged into the Chickamauga Creek in Chattanooga.
Ernest Holmes Sr who was a Local service station owner tried valiantly for almost eight hours to recover the car along with the help of nine other men.
After their success, Ernest added L.C. Decker and Elmer Gross to the other nine men. Both decker and gross were his friends.
Their goal was to build a wrecker. A goal they failed to achieve at the first time of asking.
For them to achieve their desired results, they added an outrigger to the vehicle. This stabilized the vehicle and the wrecker became a success.
Holmes achieved two things with this;
He was able to provide garage service to clients
He was able to provide help to people who needed his help.
After patenting the design, the "Holmes Wreckers" was born. He later sold it to other garages.
This marked the beginning of the 100-year old business.
Holmes ensured that his company provided help to people who are in need of such help at any time of the day every year.
Here are the top six services Holmes and his team were providing;
People stranded by the roadside,
People who need to unlock their car doors,
People who need to tow their property
People who needed battery assistance
Auto mechanic services
People who need to jump-start their battery
The business was held within the family till 1973 after Holmes had died in 1945.
This business is now one of the arms of the Miller industries.
The Miller industries are widely regarded as the biggest manufacturer of towing and recovery vehicles right now all over the world.
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum is now the home where this famed history of the towing industry started.
This museum is located in Chattanooga.
One thing that almost no one knows about the towing industry is that the drivers play a huge part in its success.
Hence, there is a reservation for drivers in the museum as well.
If the team at our towing service in Fresno could point to one thing that we appreciate the most, it would be the museum's hall of fame recognizing over 300 men and women with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.
An often overlooked section of the museum is where there is recognition of honor for those that died during active service.
Two facts people need to be aware of at the centenary celebration of this industry are:
Its history and those individuals that made the industry what it is today.
Give our towing service in Fresno a call to discuss how we can help you with your towing needs!