Welcome to Fort Knox
Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (1st Infantry Div.), and the 4th Cavalry Brigade (1st Army Div. East). Since 1937, it has also been in control of the Bullion Depository for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Fort Knox is located in Radcliff, Kentucky, just outside Louisville.
Originally known as Camp Knox, the fort started as a training site for recruited World War I soldiers in 1918. It is named for first U.S. Secretary of War and Continental Army Chief of Artillery, General Henry Knox. Post WWI, the Army made the transition from mounted to mechanized cavalry and Camp Knox became the headquarters of this new technology. The Armored Force School and Armored Replacement Training Center started here just before World War II.
During and after the second world war, the fort continued to train and make new developments in tanks and armor operations until the two schools were transferred to Fort Benning in the 1990s. This made way for the current organizations such as the HR Center of Excellence and Cadet Command HQ that remain at Knox today.
The Radcliff and Elizabethtown area of western Kentucky has all four seasons and an overall humid climate. The average winter temperature is 35 degrees, but often lows are near 10 degrees F. Summertime is about 80 degrees on average and can have over a month’s worth of 90 degree days. The average annual precipitation is 45 inches; April and May usually see the most rain and about 12 inches of snow is expected during colder months.
The communities of Radcliff, Vine Grove, West Point, Elizabethtown, and Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, are popular choices for off post housing. Home prices in the area are about the same as the state average, which is quite affordable; the average cost of a home for sale in Radcliff is $121,000. Rent in the Elizabethtown metro area is about $800 per month.
About DoD Housing Network
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale by owner (FSBO), as well as the local businesses that work with Fort Knox inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Fort Knox and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Fort Knox please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.
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