Fort Knox is an Army base located in Kentucky that consists of over 100,000 acres of land. The Army base is probably most famous for maintaining the Bullion Depository since 1937.
This heightened security on the base was brought to the public’s attention in movies like Goldfinger. Before that, however, fortifications were built in 1860 during the Civil War. By the early 20th century, the area was used as a training facility for infantry. It first got its name in 1918 in honor of Henry Knox, the chief of artillery for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. That said, it wasn’t officially designated Fort Knox until 1932.
Fort Knox is currently home to both the U.S. Army Armor Center and the U.S. Army Armor School, although it is scheduled to be downsized as some troops are moved to other Army bases. Fort Knox will remain open, however. From armor to infantry, the Army base is still home to many units. While smaller, Fort Knox will continue to play an important role in the plans of the US military. Fort Knox may be one of the most used Army bases in popular culture.