Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 11:50 p.m.
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What was Chattanooga like back in the day?

Back when Blood, Sweat & Tears played the Memorial Auditorium in 1971 ...

Back when you could order a cherry smash while your prescriptions were filled at Naborhood Drug ...

That ice cream cone from Kay's Kastles ...

A dozen brownies from Mary Ann Bake Shop ...

Cruising the Cotton Patch ...

Did you ever eat burgers at Leonard’s or dine at Mr. Fifteen?

What about at the soda bar at Stan’s Drugs across from Erlanger?

A Facebook group called You Know You’re from Chattanooga If … has more than 10,000 members, and each post is all about waxing nostalgic about Chattanooga’s storied past.

Some recent posts include an inquiry as to where John Brown’s Tavern and Inn is located, a discussion about Samuel L. Jackson’s elementary school days and a conversation about whether the book mobile still visits local schools.

Not to mention the variety of user-submitted photos

Michael E. Thomas is the administrator of the page. The page had about 3,000 members when he took control two years ago. He said he adds about 12 people everyday.

The buildings have changed, but the burgers haven't. (Photo: Contributed)

"It’s all about the memories," he said. "When I post something on there, it’s amazing that people still remember."

Thomas is extremely selective, too, about membership.

"I don’t like spammers," he said. "I screen everybody that wants to join. The only thing I do is I put my occasional thing there. I might change the group photo every once in a while, but that’s all."

Many of the memories are of the Brainerd area. Thomas graduated from Ooltewah High School in 1982. He recalls that Brainerd Road used to be THE PLACE to cruise.

"Everybody had their Trans-Ams and Camaros," he said. "We used to go there as teenagers. Everybody was out there. Now, there’s no cruising. It’s just dead now."

Those interested in joining the group are welcome to participate, as long as business and politics are kept out of discussions. As mentioned, Thomas will also check your Facebook profile and may even submit a few questions before allowing you to join the group.

"We just want people to share their memories of Chattanooga," he said. "It’s a place for old pictures and memories."

Long before modern convenience stores, Chattanooga had Golden Gallon drive-thrus. (Photo: Contributed)
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