Most people take advantage of towing companies that will come save you when your car is broken down on the side of the road, but they don’t understand how much Pleasant View towing has grown over the years.
The very first tow truck prototype was built in 1916 by Sr. Ernest Holmes. He and seven other men took eight hours to retrieve a car from a creek, and he wanted to find a better solution. Luckily, he found the solution by putting a crane on the back of his 1913 Cadillac. This didn’t work like planned, but after some renovations that helps distribute weight evenly, the first tow truck was born. In 1919, he secured a patent on his Homes 485.
The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Holmes’ hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee documents this discovery and the subsequent advances that have made towing into the industry that it is today. The museum houses an original Holmes 485 with a 1913 Locomobile.
Holmes’ parents were not happy about his new venture because they saw the dangers. While he never experienced any serious injuries, many people in the line of work did. These people and acknowledged and honored specially in the museum. Another location honors over 300 people for their commitment to the industry, particularly people who have been in towing for over twenty years.
Holmes stayed in the industry until his death in 1945, and his family took over until 1973. He was the man who created the idea of responding to people with car troubles 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The industry is now over 100 years old. The tow trucks have gotten more elaborate and more effective over the years, and the towing industry is now essential in today’s society.