The tow truck was invented in 1916 by Ernest Holmes, Sr., of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a garage worker inspired after needing blocks, ropes, and six men to pull a car out of a creek. Upon improving his design he began manufacturing them commercially.
By 1919 Ernest Holmes Sr. (1883-1945)— whose brother Curtis owned a service station, had secured a patent and was selling branded wreckers, which were mounted on the backs of used cars.
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