Because of the expensive cost of a railroad, the mine was locally operated until World War I, when the railroad costs dropped and wider markets opened.At one point, Firesteel included a flour mill, a bank, several businesses, a school, a 24-hour electricity plant, 70 miles of telephone lines, and a stockyard.Long Description: First known as Firesteel Station, it started in May of 1910 with an influx of settlers drawn by rumors an entire section (square mile) to become a government townsite. W Benoist and A Traversie made the first discovery in 1907 or 1908 after finding coal dust in a prairie dog town. Unfair freight rates kept use local until after WWI when lower rates opened wider markets.Many who had drawn low lottery numbers located in the area, but in fact, no townsite was reserved. Firesteel was also a bustling trade center through the teens, 1920's and 1930's.
Firesteel is best known as the only coal mining community in SD.
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Stockyards next to the rail line made Firesteel a major livestock shipping point.
As coal mining became mechanized and less manual labor was required, Firesteel began to decline.