Almost immediately after the first horseless carriages appeared on America’s roads, motorists began organizing automobile clubs.
In 1902, only 23,000 cars were in operation in this country compared with 17 million horses. Yet, 50 small motor clubs had been formed by motoring enthusiasts across the country. Nine of those clubs joined together to create a national motoring organization and on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, founded the American Automobile Association.
More than 100 years have passed, but from its start, AAA has dedicated itself to the future of transportationthrough support of safe, highways and a multi-modal transportation system that is accessible and affordable to everyone.
The Oregon/Idaho AAA joined the Better Business Bureau in June 1962. For 100 years, BBB has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at www.bbb.org.