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Dallas AA History
(shown here with AA co-founder Bill W.),
whose story "A Flower of the South" can be found
in the Third Edition of the Big Book on page 384, introduced
AA to Dallas in 1943 after reaching her bottom
and sobering up in Houston. When she arrived in Dallas,
she found no functioning AA group (it had just been 8 years
since Bill W. and Doctor Bob had found each other and begun
AA), so she quickly moved to establish one. Early Dallas
AA met in her home, and the news of Dallas AA spread strictly
by word-of-mouth. A meeting place was finally found in 1945
at 912½ Main Street in downtown Dallas. Meetings
in those days were only at 8:00 PM and were strictly speaker
meetings. There were evidently fewer than twenty people
sober in Dallas AA by the end of 1945.
was after World War II when American military personnel
returned from overseas that AA's population explosion truly
began. After the Suburban Group was begun near Lee Park
(corner of Dickason and Sale Streets in Dallas, just north
of downtown), other groups soon followed.
fledgling fellowship grew member by member, and a few other
groups began to form. After a several years of this growth,
it became apparent that a central
office was needed.
E. passed away on June 3, 1960 with slightly more than 19
years of sobriety. Her copy of the Big Book, which is signed
by AA co-founder and Big Book author Bill W., is on display
in the Dallas Central Office.
for an October 1999 interview with Searcy W,
then Dallas' oldest AA member. Searcy died in 2003 with
57 years of sobriety! There is a great
amount of local AA history in this interview...be sure to
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