Sunrise Township, Chisago County, Minnesota

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Sunrise Township is a township in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,594 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 45.9 square miles (119.0 km²), of which, 45.3 square miles (117.4 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (1.28%) is water.


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 1854, John G. Mold arrived and built a sawmill,[3]later establishing a store (1869)[4] 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 village of Sunrise is still located on the plat of Sunrise City. However, it was never incorporated into a city but remains under township jurisdiction.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,594 people, 538 households, and 444 families residing in the township. The population density was 35.2 people per square mile (13.6/km²). There were 568 housing units at an average density of 12.5/sq mi (4.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.80% White, 0.38% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

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