“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

O. Henry

(William Sydney Porter, Sept. 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910)

O. Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. O. Henry Marker
Inscription. Born in Greensboro, N.C., moved to Texas in 1882, and lived on a ranch near Cotulla. Came to Austin in 1884, and in addition to writing, worked as a pharmacist, musician, draftsman, and bank teller. His first nationally published short story appeared in 1897.

Porter began writing under the name O. Henry during three years spent in prison. The 381 stories published while in New York, 1902-10, won him international fame. O. Henry's collected works have been translated into 10 languages.

This mid-1890s home of Porter, his wife Athol, and their daughter, opened as a museum in 1934.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14859.)
Location. 30° 15.958′ N, 97° 44.339′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on East 5th Street near Trinity Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78701, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. L. Buaas Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cactus Theater (about 500 feet away); Platt-Simpson Building
O. Henry House image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. O. Henry House
Marker is located at the start of the walkway leading to the entrance door.
(about 600 feet away); Saint Davidís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Randerson-Lundell Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel Provident and Heierman Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of John Bremond & Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sixth Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .  William S. Porter – “O. Henry”. Biography of O. Henry – Born September 11, 1862, Died June 5, 1910. (Submitted on December 26, 2009.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
William S. Porter image. Click for full size.
3. William S. Porter
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on , by Renee' Lasswell of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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