Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Chattanooga's International Towing & Recovery Museum

Jun 16, 2021

JUL 19, 2016

The International Towing and Recovery Museum in ChattanoogaTennessee features famous tow trucks, including the world’s largest wrecker, a WWII tank recovery tow truck, and the world’s oldest tow truck. 

But equally engaging is the Tow Truck Wall of Fame honoring tow truck industry legends from around the world. Most touching is the Wall of The Fallen out front, with a large bronze statue of a driver lifting a mother and child from a nearly submerged car. The Wall of the Fallen proudly lists 389 tow-truck drivers killed in the line of duty around the world. America’s first tow truck was built in 1916, about three miles away from the museum, at the Ernest Holmes Company.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a visit with the International Towing & Recovery Truck Museum Executive Director, Angela Roper. This show was originally published July 19, 2016 and is reshared as a best-of-the-best radio travel show celebrating the 31st anniversary of Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer's on-air and digital media podcasts.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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