O. Henry House Austin, Texas
O. Henry House © Author Adventures

“It ain’t the roads we take;
it’s what’s inside of us
that makes us turn out
the way we do.” — O. Henry

The O. Henry Museum in Austin is the home of the annual “Pun-Off” championship for masters of puns, but it was the actual home of O. Henry for about two years. O. Henry is perhaps best known for the story The Gift of the Magi, a popular read around holiday time.

His life story is pretty wild, including dealings with cowboys, train robbers, bank thievery, and a prison term that prompted him to change his name. A great place to read about it is the North Carolina History Project website at http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/631/entry/.

Otherwise, a quick way to get facts about O. Henry and quiz your friends is through the O. Henry Facts Flashcards website at http://www.flashcardmachine.com/ohenry-facts.html.

Are you familiar with puns? You can see examples on the Funniest Puns and Jokes website and even rate their funniness at http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=F.

(Also read about O. Henry on his North Carolina page on this website, and a bit more in our New Mexico section.)

This is the fifth stop on Part One of our Texas Trail!

Patricia Smart