Located on a hill in Kentucky, Fort Knox (FK) is the largest gold repository in the U.S.. During World War II, this is a place to store documents and valuable asset of the U.S. such as the Charter of Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the crown of the Royal ...
FK was built during the United States and the world suffered severe consequences of the great economic crisis in decades Tuesday of the twentieth century. Located in the economic recovery plan, the government decided to implement an ambitious project is a collection of gold in the entire country has been the Government's public procurement in 1933 into a reservoir with particularly high safety. During construction, the U.S. has spent $ 560,000 to 160,000 blocks of granite, 4,200 concrete blocks, more than 140 tons of steel ... to FK.
The first gold was transported by rail to the reserves in May 1-1937. To date, FK has become the largest gold reserves U.S., accounting for about 80% of national gold reserves. This is different than the gold reserves in Manhattan - though called "the world's largest underground gold" but very few of America's gold is stored here. Estimated number of gold is kept at about 147.3 million of FK (equivalent to 4,570 tons).Except for a small amount that was taken to check the purity of recurring audits, some gold here has not changed over the years.
Since built, gold warehouse is equipped with the means to protect new and modern and always be upgraded over time.At each corner of the outside storage building is solidly linked to the 4 guard stations. The guard tower is placed at the entrance. Surrounding the building is covered with layer of barbed wire fence and a sure fire modern systems are arranged along the roadway. Reserve equipped with emergency generators, water storage systems and protection and other equipment.
In addition to anti-theft roof, security system installed inside the reserve was placed under the protection of a military unit. For safety reasons the detailed structure of the protection system as well as the number of gold are laid out how the reserve is kept secret. Even the menu for military force protection FK were not disclosed. Staff working here have a personal identification card to exit. No visitors are allowed into the reserve. FK visitors to be photographed just outside the gates.This regulation is issued since the inception reserves, and still is strict adherence. They only know that there are always 30,000 troops with tanks, armored vehicles, combat aircraft and artillery are present outside the "fortress" FK.