Fort Knox: The Bullion Depository


Rene Yangco, Negosentro | Fort Knox is a US army outpost at the site of the United States Bullion Depository in Kentucky, which houses the largest portion of the US official gold reserves. It’s famously remembered for featuring in the classic James Bond film Goldfinger; but what else do you know about the super-secure facility?

It’s estimated to hold around 2.3% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that 750 tons of reinforcing steel and 4,200 yards of concrete were required for the construction of the outpost in 1936.

Understandably, the defences of Fort Knox are a closely guarded secret, so there are various unconfirmed reports over what lengths the US army go to, to protect it. For example, it is known that the 10-foot inner fence is electrified – but does it really have virtual trip wires for anyone who dares try to penetrate it? The outside courtyard makes use of multi-focus surveillance systems to keep tabs on any activity – but is the facility really protected from space by its own satellite defence system?

And it’s not just technology that protects Fort Knox. This is backed up by military force, consisting of tanks, attack helicopters and 30,000 soldiers.

While Fort Knox is known for its gold reserves, it has also protected other treasures over the years. During WW2 for example, one of the four known copies of the Magna Carta was moved there after being on show at the World’s Fair in New York.

With all the gold in the bullion depository reaching a value of over $250 billion on the open market, it’s unsurprising the lengths that are required to protect it.

Take a look through our infographic to find out more facts you may not have known about Fort Knox.