The View From My Windshield: All That Glitters

Is it still there?: Fort Knox, Kentucky--This is not the location of the United States Bullion Depository, home to most of the nation's gold supply.  When we stopped by the Fort Knox visitors center and asked to see the gold, we were told that couldn't be arranged. InsteadIs it still there?: Fort Knox, Kentucky—We’ve heard rumors that the gold at the United States Bullion Depository has been hollowed out and replaced with bricks of tungsten, so we stopped by to check for ourselves. No dice. We were told to turn off our cameras and get back on the highway, which mushrooms with the kind of sprawl that’s supported standing armies for millenia: dozens of car dealerships, pawn shops, furniture outlets, payday lenders, fast food joints, and, sure enough, shops that give you cash for gold.

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