What is Fort Knox? Located in Kentucky, Fort Knox is a United States Army base that's home to most of the US's gold reserves. It's one of the most inaccessible places in the world and is so secure it once housed the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. It also has a serious reputation among conspiracy theorists who question the amount of gold actually in the vault and what else might be hidden within. Because only one president has ever been inside – and the US Mint remains largely mum on the contents of the vault – Fort Knox conspiracy theories abound. What's really inside Fort Knox? The general American public may never know.
There Are Some Pretty Crazy Conspiracy Theories About Fort Knox
Because there is so little access and information about the contents of the gold vault, there are a lot of theories about what's really inside. Some conspiracy theorists - like the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) - think that the gold doesn't really exist, there isn't as much as the government claims, or the government has been selling it off for years. Others claim the gold is really tungsten bricks painted to look like the precious metal.
Theories also exist as to the other contents of the vault. There are crazy rumors about what the vault might house – like the body of Jimmy Hoffa. There are equally strange things to have been really stored in the vault, like morphine and opium, during the early '90s.
Very Few People Have Ever Seen The Gold At Fort Knox
In August 2017, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin visited the gold vault at Fort Knox and, along with a few other politicians, surveyed the site. Congressman Brett Guthrie, from Kentucky, made the trip and issued the following statement:
It was an honor to join Secretary Mnuchin, Governor Bevin, and Senator McConnell to visit the depository yesterday – the first time visitors have been allowed at the facility since members of Congress inspected the depository in 1974... I am glad to report that everything at the depository looked to be secure and in order.
The last Congressional visit prior to this was in 1974. To date, only one US President has been inside the vault - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president when the US Bullion Depository was established.
The Government Won't Show The Public How Much Gold Is In Fort Knox
Despite continued inquiries, the US Mint refuses to offer up proof of the exact amount of gold held at Fort Knox. Very few people have ever been allowed into the vault and while it's generally believed that there are 147.3 million ounces of gold there, the accuracy of that is in doubt. Presidential candidate Ron Paul was unsuccessful when he called for an audit of the US Federal Reserve and Fort Knox in 2008, but his skepticism echoed those of other conspiracy theorists.
It's Surrounded By Guns, Mines, Security Cameras, And 100,000 Acres Of Land
To get to the gold vault at Fort Knox, you'd have to make your way through a network of security measures. Fort Knox itself is over 100,000 acres in size and houses 30,000 military personnel. On the way to the vault, there is a literal mine field and an electric fence protecting the gold. There are also video cameras, motion detectors, and secret microphones set up to pick up the presence of anyone or anything that's not supposed to be there. US Mint Police are a constant presence as they preside over the grounds from four machine gun towers placed around the perimeter.