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Chattanooga’s 1999 time capsule

What was Chattanooga like at the turn of the millennium? We took a look back at the final year of the 20th century to see what life was like pre-Y2K.

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Hey Google, what was Chattanooga like in 1999?

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Do you remember 1999? Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” topped the charts, we were scared of the Blair Witch, and Google officially launched.

To celebrate, Google Trends opened its time capsule to see which fads were titanic in 1999. According to the report, adults were watching “The Matrix” and “The Sopranos” while kids were into “Toy Story 2” and “Teletubbies.” People also used the search engine to learn about David Beckham or evaluate their Pokémon cards, and searches for hot sauce set the web ablaze.

Livin’ La Vida Local

Want to know what life was like in the Scenic City? We dug up some data to help us remember the final year of the 20th century — thanks to some help from a 25-year-old search engine.

The stats:

  • Median family income: $44,500
  • Chattanooga’s population: 147,110
  • Estimated cost to buy a home: $123,748 (prices have increased 203.4%)
  • Average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Tennessee: $0.601
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The Coolidge Park Carousel is still one of Chattanooga’s most beloved attractions.

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In the news

The Chattanooga Times Free Press was established in a local newspaper merger + Coolidge Park (and its carousel) opened to the public.

Clumpies Ice Cream Co. was opened by the son of a third-generation candymaker and has been serving up scoops ever since.

Who was performing

We didn’t want to miss a thing when Aerosmith came to UTC McKenzie Arena.

After touring full-time with Billy Joel in 1997, Elton John performed in the Scenic City for his solo tour “An Evening with Elton.”

“The Queen of Disco” Donna Summer performed at Ross’s Landing for the 1999 Riverbend Music Festival.

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