The Ruth Paine House Museum has just been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. That makes a second house in Irving to receive the national honor. The first is the Joffre-Gilbert House on O’Connor.
The Ruth Paine home is where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed the night before he went to Dallas and was accused of shooting President John F. Kennedy. Oswald’s wife and two children stayed in Irving with Ruth Paine and her family. Oswald stayed in Dallas and came to Irving on the weekends.
The city offers interactive, docent-led tours of the home that last about 90 minutes and are limited to 12 persons. For tours, call 972-721-3729.