My Visit to the International Towing & Recovery Museum
Hey, everyone! If you are as excited as I am about the ins and outs of towing and recovery, which I assume you are, then there is one place that you absolutely have to go. The International Towing & Recovery Museum in Chattanooga Tennessee is one of the coolest places on earth for towing fanatics like myself to go. The museum is dedicated to recognizing outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry all across the world. The museum also records the history of the towing industry, has a collection and display of different objects and collectibles from the industry and informs the public about the world of towing and recovery.
A group that is called the Friends of Towing decided that they wanted to recognize the awesome work that towing and recovery workers were doing all around the world. So a little over 30 years ago, they started driving their display to tow shows all around the country. For quite a few years they took their show around on a tractor trailer and it just grew from there.
They inducted their first Hall of Fame class, which had 27 members, in 1986. There are now 285 members in the Hall of Fame at the International Towing & Recovery museum. The first time that the museum was opened up in a permanent building was in the fall of 1995. They opened up in Chattanooga, Tennessee so that people from all over could come and see the great work that was being done by those in the wrecker service industry.
They chose Chattanooga because one of the first wreckers was created not far from the museum at the Ernest Holmes Company there in Tennessee. What better place to start a museum that is dedicated to what so many of us absolutely love!
So, what did I gain from my experience at the museum? Well, the biggest takeaway for me was that my friend, who owns Towing Las Vegas, and I saw exactly how valuable the towing and recovery industry is to the world. The average person may not often think about the heroic efforts that are made by members of the towing industry on a daily basis. To see a place completely dedicated to those efforts and recognizing the truly amazing work being done touched my heart. It was nice to know that we had such a large global community that was dedicated and could connect over this great work.
I will admit that there was one part of the museum that got me a bit emotional when I saw it. There was one exhibit that was called the Wall of the Fallen Memorial. This was a place where towers that had lost their lives in the towing industry were remembered and memorialized. I was overcome with feelings of both sadness and greatness as I looked at the names of these amazing people.
If you are a wrecker junkie like me, you will absolutely love the International Towing & Recovery Museum, so go check it out when you can!