Historical Profile: Charles W. Gilmore (1874-1945)
While it is relatively easy to dig into the history of a place and figure out when a house was built or a road paved, it’s often harder to flesh it out with personal histories. While more digging, research, and interviews are needed to uncover other stories of Park View’s residents — past and present — I found this history interesting.
Charles W. Gilmore, a prolific scientist, moved to Washington in 1903 when he was hired by the U.S. National Museum (Smithsonian). In the Spring of 1908, he permanently settled in Park View, living at 451 Park Road, NW.
Gilmore was originally hired as a preparator to work on the O.C. Marsh dinosaur collection that was transferred from Yale University to the Smithsonian in the late 19th century. He later became curator of fossil reptiles and was in charge of mounting the world’s first Triceratops skeleton. He published 170 scientific papers including monographic studies on the osteology of Apatosaurus and Camptosaurus and the osteology of the carnivorous and armored dinosaurs.
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