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Sunrise Township, Chisago County, Minnesota

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Dec 16, 2021

Sunrise Township is a township in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,994 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 1,594 in 2000.

Township in Minnesota, United States
Township in Minnesota, United States
Sunrise Township

Sunrise Township
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates:

45°32′32″N92°53′18″W

Country United States
State Minnesota
County Chisago
Area

  Total 45.7 sq mi (118.3 km2)
  Land 45.0 sq mi (116.6 km2)
  Water 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation

846 ft (258 m)
Population

 (2010)
  Total 1,994
  Density 44/sq mi (17.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55056
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-63616[1]
GNIS feature ID 0665745[2]
Website www.sunrisetownship.com

. . . Sunrise Township, Chisago County, Minnesota . . .

Sunrise Township is located in east-central Chisago County, with its northeast border following the St. Croix River, which is also the state line between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The township is bordered to the west by the cities of Harris and North Branch, to the north by Rushseba Township, to the south by Chisago Lake Township, and to the east of its southern half by Amador Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 45.7 square miles (118.3 km2), of which 45.0 square miles (116.6 km2) is land and 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), or 1.43%, is water.[3] The Sunrise River crosses the township from south to north, flowing into the St. Croix River. The unincorporated community of Sunrise is located along the river about a mile south of its mouth.

In 1852 or 1853, William Holmes, whose birthplace is unknown, established a farm on the Sunrise Prairie, located on the Sunrise River about a mile south of its mouth at the St. Croix River. John A. Brown from Pennsylvania and Patten W. Davis from Virginia started farming in the vicinity in 1853. That same year, Brown and Patten built a road to St. Paul with the help of Henry L. Ingalls and his wife, Lavina. The couple were natives of Connecticut who had migrated to Illinois and then California before arriving in Sunrise. Mrs. Ingalls was likely the first white woman in Sunrise. Also in 1853, a circuit-riding preacher began holding services in the new settlement. His efforts resulted in the establishment of a congregation that remains to the present day as Sunrise Bible Church.

In 1852, John G. Mold arrived and built a sawmill (1854),[4] later establishing a store (1869)[5] and a hotel. By 1855, Brown had also established a store, hotel and sawmill. Brown platted the original town site of Sunrise City, comprising approximately 65 acres (260,000 m2), on June 6, 1856. George S. Frost established a post office the same year. Brown and others platted additional lands in the following years.

In 1857, a large colony of settlers from western New York state came to Sunrise and began establishing farms, homes, and businesses. They included the Collins, Deming, Gwynne, Smith, Starkweather, Wilcox, Wilkes, and Wolleat families. On October 26, 1858, Sunrise was organized as a township. The unincorporated community of Sunrise is still located on the plat of Sunrise City. However, it was never incorporated into a city but remains under township jurisdiction.[6]

. . . Sunrise Township, Chisago County, Minnesota . . .

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