Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Ernest Walter Holmes, Sr. ~ 1883–1945

Marker ID: THC 2A 98
Location: 318 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 3.165    W 085° 18.567
  35.05275    -85.30945
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM25R7


Born in 1883, Ernest Walter Holmes, Sr., opened Chattanooga’s first independent auto-repair garage at 318 Market Street. Here in 1916 he invented the twin-boom wrecker. Holmes pioneered and patented numerous improvements in the towing and recovery industry. He expanded his company into an international enterprise. Manufacturer of the first military wrecker during World War II, he supplied thousands of twin-boom wreckers to the allied forces from 1941 through 1945.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.