About Fort Knox, KY
Fort Knox is a United States Army post located near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, south of Louisville. Although historic military facilities in the area date to the Civil War, modern-day Fort Knox was created during World War I. It officially opened in 1918.
Initially known as a home of the American calvary, the base has been significantly downsized during rounds of Base Realignment and Closure. As a result, Fort Knox is today home to the United States Army Human Resources Command, an organization with national import. More than 12,000 people reside on the base and it supports thousands more jobs in the Elizabethtown area.
The post is most famous as the home of the United States Bullion Depository. Contrary to popular belief, this facility is operated under the control of the United States Department of the Treasury. Aside from its physical location on a military installation, the depository is a civilian institution.