January 15, 2014

0968 UNITED STATES (Kentucky) - Fort Knox

Fort Knox is a U.S. Army post which occupy an area of ​441 km.sq and currently holds the Army human resources Center of Excellence, being also one of only three Army posts (along with Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Sam Houston, Texas) that still have a high school located on-post. It was the home, for nearly seventy years (1940-2010), of the U.S. Army Armor Center, and the U.S. Army Armor School (now at Fort Benning), being used by both the Army and the Marine Corps to train crews on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. Fortifications were erected near the site in 1861 (Fort Duffield), but the construction for a permanent training center was started only in July 1918, the new camp being named after Henry Knox, the Continental Army's chief of artillery during the Revolutionary War and the country's first Secretary of War. Here is also the General George Patton Museum.

On the other hand, The U.S. Department of the Treasury has maintained the Bullion Depository on the post since 1937. It is a fortified vault building (in the postcard) located adjacent to Fort Knox, used to store a large portion of U.S. official gold reserves (4,578 metric tons of gold bullion, i.e. roughly 3% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history) and occasionally other precious items belonging or entrusted to the federal government. Even so, it is second in the U.S. to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's underground vault in Manhattan, which holds 7,000 metric tons.

About the stamp
The stamp is a Global Forever First-Class Mail International one ($1.10), about which I wrote here

Fort Knox - Wikipedia
Fort Knox - Official website

sender: The Crouchers (direct swap)
sent from Carrollton (Kentucky / United States), on 04.12.2013

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