There once was a cow named Fortuna who lived in the area near Lansdale, PA. Nearby was the Reading Railroad, whose tracks connected Doylestown, PA with Center City Philadelphia.

One fateful day, ironically-named Fortuna was crossing the tracks on the cowpath when ol’ Fortuna was struck and killed by a train.

What a horrendous tragedy! To commemorate the life of the beloved local cow, the railroad decided to name the adjacent stop “Fortuna” station.

And that’s the story of how a current SEPTA train station at Cowpath Road is named for none other than a local cow killed decades ago.