O. Henry in San Antonio #ThrowbackThursday

Too many years ago, now, we drove down to San Antonio. It was a great trip, down the Natchez Trace part of the way, stopping off at Tupelo, Mississippi — Elvis’ birthplace — to see his tiny house, stopping off at Oxford, Mississippi to see Faulkner’s … not so tiny house.

In San Antonio, we saw many things, and I’ll probably revisit some of them on other Throwback Thursdays because — I’ll be frank — I don’t have that many outstanding memories to share.

ANYWAY, one of my favorite things we saw, and the only thing we didn’t explore that I wish we could have, was the O. Henry House. OHenry House

I love O. Henry, me. I may have read all of his short stories, many of them multiple times, and not just “The Last Leaf” and “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

We had a hideous adventure that morning, with the car window deciding to not roll up, which was not a good thing in downtown San Antonio. So Charlie took the door panel off and jiggered it around — also no fun in downtown San Antonio in the summer — and finally fixed it. And then the little house/museum was closed. Closed. What a disappointment to me. Not to anybody else, mind you, but to me. Alas.

But I got this picture of the deliciously tiny house. I seem to recall reading that this was not the original location of the house, but it was the original location of a bar O. Henry favored, which charmed me utterly.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What writer’s house would you like to see, and why?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “O. Henry in San Antonio #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Jane

    July 30, 2015 at 8:19am

    I would like to visit the well-kown writer Marian Allen’s house.

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    July 30, 2015 at 8:42am

    @Jane – OH! Me, too! Yes. Marian, when you come back to explore O. Henry’s house, let me know. I’ll drive over and meet you. It’s only three hours’ drive for me. And no, I didn’t even know it was there, but now I want to see it, too!

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      Marian Allen

      July 30, 2015 at 8:51am

      Road trip! We’ll watch Cloak & Dagger and do a Cloak & Dagger tour of SA!

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  3. Dan

    July 30, 2015 at 9:38am

    I think I still have my complete collection of O’Henry stories. I loved him from when I was a little kid. That sounds like a perfect place to visit.

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      Marian Allen

      July 30, 2015 at 11:22am

      O. Henry makes me laugh, cry, and think. Master of the flash fiction before it was flash fiction, each scene is a little story.

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