Fort Knox - Patton Museum
Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
25Trip End Oct 12, 2007
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Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor was established in 1949 to preserve
historical artifacts and archival materials relating to Mechanized Cavalry
and Armor and General George S. Patton Jr. It is one of the
world's largest and most diverse collections of armored vehicles
spanning 1917 to the present and has the finest collection of Patton
artifacts in the world including his trademark ivory gripped Colt pistol
and the Cadillac staff car in which he was fatally injured. The
Museum is administered by the U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
A Little History
The U.S. Bullion Depository at Ft. Knox.
In 1936 the U.S. Treasury Department began construction of the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky on land transferred from the military.
The site is located on what is now Bullion Blvd. at the intersection of
Gold Vault Rd. The 'Gold Vault' was completed in December 1936 at a
cost of $560,000, which in today's market would equal $7.5 million.
The first gold shipments were made from January to July 1937. The majority of the United States' gold reserves
were gradually shipped to the site, including old bullion and more
newly made bars made from melted gold coins. Some intact coins were
stored, as well. The transfer needed 500 rail cars and was sent by registered mail, protected by the Postal Inspection Service.
During World War II the depository also held the reserves of a number of European countries as well as one of four known copies (exemplifications) of the Magna Carta (which had been sent for display at the 1939 New York World Fair
and when war broke out, was kept in America for the duration), and
other key documents from Western history. It also held the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution during the war. In addition, the repository also held the Crown of St Stephen, part of the Hungarian crown jewels given to American soldiers to prevent it from falling into Soviet hands.