Tordenskjold Township, southeast of Underwood, was named in honor of Peder Tordenskjold, a renowned Norwegian admiral who lived in the late 1600s and early 1700s.

Otter Tail County residents who visit Scandinavia will see the name Tordenskjold displayed at various locations. 

Peder Tordenskjold, reknowned
Norwegian admiral.

He was a veteran of military battles and was honored by Norway’s King Frederick IV in 1716.

Here in Otter Tail County, Tordenskjold Township was organized in 1869, a year after the county itself was organized in 1868. 

This year Otter Tail County celebrated its 150th anniversary, with special events held at Old Clitherall just east of Battle Lake.

A noteworthy location in Tordenskjold Township is Fort Juelson which was built in July 1876.

Today the site in preserved as an historical location two miles east of Underwood and just north of State Highway 210. The remains of a sod barricade are still visible at this site.

“Fort Juelson is a testament to the threats and trials of early settlers,” notes Cliff Knutson, a volunteer who took the lead in making this an historical site and who has written a book about Fort Juelson.

“The fort,” notes Knutson, “reflects the courage and resourcefulness faced by settlers as they prepared for their own defense.”

More information can be found about Fort Juelson by logging onto the website of the Otter Tail County Historical Society.