When you think of Fort Knox, you probably automatically think of gold. But it has housed far more than gold over the years. During World War II, Fort Knox protected the crown jewels of England, The Bill of Rights, The Magna Carta, The Declaration of Independence, three volumes of the Gutenberg Bible, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, among other things. If that surprises you, there are probably plenty of other things you didn’t know about Fort Knox.
When it was built, it cost just over half a million dollars. That’s the equivalent of almost $10 million in today’s dollars. Fort Knox supposedly contains 147.3 million ounces of gold, or 3% of all the gold ever mined in human history. There are no visitors allowed at the depository ever, even if you ask really nicely.
Some people think there’s no gold in Fort Knox, though. Learn more about the history and conspiracy theories from this infographic.