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Ft. Juelson program planned in Underwood [UPDATED]

Published 5:31am Monday, May 12, 2014 Updated 7:33am Monday, May 12, 2014

Join archaeologist Dave Maki as he presents “An Archaeological Evaluation of Fort Juelson,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Underwood Community Center.

Located in Tordenskjold Township, the fort was built in 1876 by local farmers led by two Civil War veterans. It was constructed during an Indian scare that occurred during the immediate aftermath of Custer’s defeat at the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. The scare never materialized and the earthen fort remained untouched.

The land was donated to Otter Tail County in 2010, for preservation. A 2011 grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Legacy Fund allowed archaeologists led by Maki, to conduct an assessment of Fort Juelson’s physical characteristics. The results led to Ft. Juelson’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 218-736-6038.

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