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Riverdale Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail

 
 
Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 11, 2021
1. Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker
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The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail is one of the last remnants of the streetcar line that ran from the Treasury Building in downtown Washington, D.C. all the way to Laurel. Riders can again experience the trip from Hyattsville to Branchville on the same route that the "Number 82" streetcar took every day bringing commuters and shoppers downtown.

This region has a long history of transportation innovation. U.S. Route 1 was established before 1794 s a "post road" for carrying mail. In 1835, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built the Washington Branch into D.C. This route is still utilized every day by freight and commuter trains.

The Maryland and Washington Railway began streetcar service from Florida and New York Ave NE in Mount Rainier in 1897. Mergers in 1898 created the City & Suburban Railway which extended the service to Riverdale by 1899 and Berwyn by 1900. A financially weak Berwyn and Laurel Electric Railroad built the last portion into Laurel and provided shuttle car service back to Berwyn. With more mergers, the first through car service from washington to Laurel began in 1902 via Mount Rainier, Brentwood,
Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker [Reverse] image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 11, 2021
2. Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker [Reverse]
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North Brentwood, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, College Park, Berwyn, Branchville, and Beltsville. Operations continued under more names. Washington Railway & Electric Company, Capital Transit Company, and D.C. Transit System.

Streetcars ran on the line from Washington to Branchville until 1958, ending region wide by 1962. The former line continued as a utility right-of-way until the first major steps to change the alignment to a trail began in the late 1990s in College Park. The final portions of the Trolley Trail between Charles Armentrout Drive to Farragut Street in Hyattsville and Branchville Road to Greenbelt Road in College Park are scheduled for completion before 2020.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
 
Location. 38° 57.753′ N, 76° 56.129′ W. Marker is in Riverdale Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Quensbury Road, on the right when traveling north on Rhode Island Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Town of Riverdale Park (a few steps from this marker); From Plantation to Suburb; a Community Grows (a few steps
Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 11, 2021
3. Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail Marker
from this marker); This Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); Calvert Family Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eternal Tribute (about 400 feet away); The Harry Smith House (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Riversdale (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Town of Riverdale Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jan. 27, 2023