Museum History

A comprehensive history of the Towing & Recovery industry in respect to the International Towing & Recovery Museum.

TRAA celebrates 35 years as the National Towing Association

Ernest Holmes Co. patents its first tow sling and car dolly

Idustry Adapts to New Technology

The emergence of a new generation of on-demand, smartphone apps is geared toward the $10 billion roadside assistance industry.

New Museum Website Debuts

First Dave Jones Leadership Award Presented

Maryland businesswoman Betty Cornwell receives the first Dave Jones Leadership award for her more than 45 years of service to the industry.

TV show Highway Thru Hell debuted on Discovery Channel (Canada)

The TV show Highway Thru Hell debuted on Discovery Channel (Canada) on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Canada. Steep hills, lethal drop-offs, killer rockslides, and the worst weather in a decade captivated audiences, with Highway Thru Hell ranking as the #1 series premiere in Discovery Channel Canada's history.

The International Towing and Recovery Museum is established by Friends of Towing in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In September of 1995 the ITRHFM opened to the public in downtown Chattanooga, TN. In its first permanent structure.

WTRAA Formed

Women of the Towing & Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) forms under the leadership of Ann Malcolm (Albuquerque, N.M.).

The First Board of Directors for the International Towing and Recovery Museum was formed

This was the very first step towards the establishment of the Museum and consisted of the Executive Board, Members at Large, and Managing Trustees.

The Wall of the Fallen Memorial was added to the outside grounds

The first 94 names of towers who lost their lives in the line of service were added to the wall in 2007. The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum kicks off its Survivor Fund to coincide with the Wall of the Fallen memorial (to be funded by the Miller Family Foundation and constructed at the museum). In September 2006, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum officially dedicates the Wall of the Fallen, the industry’s first monument to honor towing operators killed in the line of service.

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