The character of the neighborhood declines as you proceed
south of Riverdale.
My maps indicated a mile marker might be near the deserted end of Kennedy
Street, and I was determined to check for one, despite the street being
littered with abandoned, stripped cars. As I drove in from US 1 to trackside,
I passed a group of people who were in the process of disassembling vehicles.
The marker was exactly where I had expected, though buried in brush, so
I quickly snapped a few photos before making a hasty exit. This is not
a safe place to visit.
Reader Marty Hager sent some feedback:
"Your virtual tour of the Washington Branch of the B&O is a
wonderful resource and I have enjoyed it tremendously since I
first discovered the site... I take exception with one of your observations however.
The site at the
end of Kennedy Street in Hyattsville you described as not safe. This
could not be further from the truth, at least in the day time. I have visited
this site many times by myself and with my kids and we have never felt
the least bit threatened. I teach at a school in the area and my oldest son
is a student there. He sometimes goes to the tracks on the way home
(he is also a big railfan) and I have no problem with letting him go by himself
or with friends."
Marty, after another visit it looks like some of those cars are discarded
hulks from nearby repair shops. Not pretty, but not as bad a sign as stripped
vehicles. I've bumped up my grade for the area. Since the time of the photo
the area has been redeveloped and Kennedy Street no longer reaches the tracks.