Artist Ruth Lorene McKinney Smith (1914-1979) was the wife of Waco Attorney Carlton Jackson Smith (1902-1981). She created sixteen oil paintings telling the history of Waco, Texas. These are on permanent display in the rotunda in the McLennan County Courthouse. Be sure to click on each photo to see the full picture, and read the description on each one to learn more about Waco History. The descriptions were written in 1973, presumably by the artist. These beautiful paintings tell the story…the History…of Waco, Texas.