AUSTIN (KXAN) — When you think of Rolling Stone you probably think of the 55-year-old monthly entertainment publication.
But did you know there was an Austin Rolling Stone first?
The Rolling Stone was a weekly newspaper published by William Sydney Porter — better known for his pseudonym O. Henry — in 1894 and circulated through Austin and San Antonio, according to the Library of Congress.
The name didn’t produce as much longevity for the paper as it has for the magazine, however.
O. Henry terminated his Rolling Stone just a year later in 1895 then moved to Houston and started a column in the Houston Post, as detailed in the Austin Library’s chronology of O. Henry’s life.
O. Henry and Henry Ryder-Taylor were the sole editors of the paper.
The well-known Rolling Stone magazine was started seven decades later in 1967 and is still in circulation today, plus it has an online platform.
A handful of libraries in Texas are listed on the Library of Congress’s website as still in possession of copies of the Austin Rolling Stone.