TIL The Fort Knox gold reserve is guarded by the United States Mint Police. It has its own emergency electric and water supply and the land surrounding it is a mine field

  1. "So the first thing I am going to do here is send a police officer and his unlikely black partner on a goose chase, get them thinking I'm in it for revenge"

  2. Fort Knox also has military training capabilities including previously being where an armored division was stationed and trained. As such, there are ranges for firing explosives and mortars and such.

  3. I lived near a back road onto Fort Knox. About a quarter mile up that road is a dirt path off to the left, and a little way down that path opens up into a tiny little graveyard with headstones from the late 1800s. I’ve always wondered if they are aware of all the little grave sites on their land.

  4. Some of that was my family's land. My people settled east of Louisville, and established a lumber business. As the frontier moved west, they traded river boats (rafts, most likely) to families moving further west in exchange for their land. Eventually they owned most of the area around West Point, KY. The land eventually got split up among generations of heirs, many of whom sold land, including some to the government. The boundary of Ft. Knox was visible from my great grandfather's farm which I vaguely remember visiting after his funeral in the 90s.

  5. Hey, Fort Knox is where I did my category iv gun shoot. They have (or had, not sure if it’s still there) an entire Riverine Range for small boats on a river. It was an awesome range.

  6. This is actually true of many US army bases, at least the ones that have large training areas with artillery ranges

  7. Near certainty. Anyone have the link to the little old lady who donated her body to science (for I think alzheimers research), but her corpse was then sold to the US military, who tested explosives on it?

  8. Hilarious that he spent all that time and money to make a room that transforms to show the plan, only once

  9. A amusing anecdote from Goldfinger: when they were designing the Fort Knox interior set, they found that they could not get permission to visit the vault, nor were there any photos of it available. At first frustrated, they then realized that since essentially nobody was in a position to correct them, they could basically design it however they wanted and nobody could say anything.

  10. I believe I saw another post of how this year would’ve been the year it’s okay to touch the gold again if Goldfinger was successful.

  11. Well today is the 47th 57th anniversary of the release of Goldfinger (January 9, 1965), so it's actually somewhat likely that OP watched it for that reason, then looked up more details about Ft Knox security, which led to this TIL.

  12. No mines, but I saw a documentary on it and they talked about seismic and magnetic sensors placed around it to alert security staff.

  13. Last time I saw this come up someone argued that there were clear tracks through the field and they cut the grass from a tractor using an extendible mowing attachment. Which was one of the most loony toons things I’ve heard. ‘Hey who wants to mow the mine field?!’ Before you even get into little nitty gritty things like you can see from google maps all the grass is mowed and the mines would pose a far bigger risk to those stationed there in the form of accidents than any attackers who came with the kind of hardware and plan required to penetrate the vault.

  14. Yeah. I went through Cav Scout OSUT in the Army when it was still at Fort Knox. That place is no joke. A real life Ocean’s 11 at Knox would last about four minutes and end up with 11 dead crooks.

  15. I call shenanigans on the landmines, they periodically mow the grass with heavy machinery that would set off any sort of buried landmines.

  16. I’ve lived in Hardin County (the county Ft Knox is located in) for the first 20 years of my life and can confidently confirm the landline thing is shenanigans. Work as a flight paramedic and have seen people and machinery all over that lawn. A childhood friends father worked security for aft Knox. Would never tell us anything other than “ what everyone thinks they know, they don’t. And what you don’t know would blow your mind”

  17. Yeah it's definitely bs. The complex is designed so you can see intruders coming from a mile away. There's no need to blow them up...

  18. I would also like to call shenanigans with you. I've been to Fort Knox, stayed there for about a week. I never saw any signs of "DANGER ! EXPLOSIVES IN GROUND LIVE MINES!!!" or anything like that when I was on base.

  19. Start a conspiracy theory on Facebook and all the conservative things, that all the crooked voting machines are being held at for Knox... Then sit back and watch them try to storm that shit!

  20. The Mint police are just a cut above the chocolate police, which are about the same as the vanilla police. You do NOT want to mess with the moose tracks police.

  21. I can’t speak for Fort Knox, but having worked on security software for the Federal Reserve in Kansas City, I am aware of the capabilities they have defending it. They are quite impressive. According to the people I spoke to there, they can keep the contents, their staff and families safe, fed, watered, and with electricity for up to a month against all but a very well-equipped military force. Primarily, they are planning for civil unrest, but this was ten years ago, so I’m sure they’ve adjusted to any perceived threats.

  22. I was stationed at Fort Knox during basic training and I could have sworn they had snipers on the roof back in the early 2000s. The lawn surrounding it is flat with nothing on it probably for clean shots if someone breached the fence.

  23. This needs a TV show where the Mint Police solves gold related murder and assorted crime in Fort Knox.

  24. And every once in a while, some smug asshole from the Postal Inspection Service steps in and takes away a compelling case claiming jurisdiction.

  25. so let lay a hot take ... has anyone actually heard of anyone who has seen the gold inside fort knox ? I'm not even saying have seen it themselves just heard of someone who has

  26. Lots of goods that are traded or speculated exists only in computers, people who buy options in oil dont really want a truckload af barrels delivered.

  27. It's essentially like the US government's safety deposit box you might have at a bank. It's also used by other countries that want to store valuable assets in a safe place.

  28. Say Canada decides to get froggy and invade, and they, through the use of super mutant moose based calvary, manage to take enough of the USA that the USA would have to buy arms from overseas. At that point nobody would take dollars as they could be from a government that might no longer exist in a month.

  29. Gold is a commodity that has market value. It can be used in electronics or even as payment for other commodities such as oil.

  30. Mine field? Weren’t those kind of banned or something by the UN or Geneva Convention? Seems odd to think of one on US soil in a pretty residential area.

  31. In war. Neither the UN nor the Geneva convention have jurisdiction over what a country does internally. That's why tear gas is banned in war, but used by police all over to disperse civilians.

  32. I doubt the minefield is active. It would have decades old mines that may either be extremely unstable or dubs at this point.

  33. *At time of writing. If they release a phone with a serious flaw, or China seizes their factories, their market value could crater. Gold's value shifts with market supply, but its a lot more stable than that (hence why its not backing currency anymore. Its too inflexible).

  34. I mean if we are comparing Apple wealth with Government wealth then Fort Knox would just be another apple store. A lot of Apple's wealth is speculative like most publicly traded corporations.

  35. Man 147 million ounces is a lot of gold...if I were a security guard working there, I would guard the 130 million ounces of gold with my life!!

  36. My high school drum line instructor worked nights at the vault. Claims he wrote most of our music and watched Bill Murray movies on his laptop most of the time. Edit: spelling

  37. It doesn’t matter in the slightest if we have it or not. The power of the dollar is backed by the power of our military. As long as it’s the baddest to ever do it the dollar is fine. Now how long is that a sustainable model, who knows…

  38. Everyone here talking about the gold and I'm just happy there's an entire police force dedicated to protecting Tic-Tacs

  39. Do they carry cell phones furnished by Mint Mobile? Perhaps we'll see Ryan Reynolds strolling casually out the back entrance, juggling a trio of gold bars with his usual smug expression?

  40. There's a golf course right beside it or at least there used to be. I graduated from highschool at Ft. Knox. The treasury cops would get really pissed when you would land a golf ball over the fence and try to fish it back with a club.

  41. There's probably fuck all gold in there too. Like when they had to invent quanitive easing because the banks fucked all the money

  42. Funny how no footage is ever been seen of personnel removing and replacing these landmines since this place is next to a major road.

  43. IIRC the Wall Street Journal reported on a rumor that around 1/3 of the world’s gold reserves is fake. No way to verify it because what nation would allow an independent testing of their bullion?

  44. Serious question how boring is it to guard there? Is it just a bunch of people standing at various points protecting something that would be nearly impossible to steal?

  45. I live right down the road from it and see it daily lol. It’s so unassuming from the road. Imposing but definitely doesn’t look guarded

  46. Fort Knox once lent out all its silver to make giant magnets to process nuclear fuel at oak ridge, my dad worked with the Calutrons there

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