Sunrise progressed when copper and ore were discovered on a steep hillside in the 1890s. The ore was processed at the bottom of Henderson Gulch in a 20-stamp mill. Miners’ cabins and office buildings also dotted the locale. Operations were deserted during the silver panic.
Many years later a reprieve of Sunrise was attempted through dredging. The second round of miners discovered little had been touched over the years. The dinner bell was even still hanging over the mess hall door. Work was again abandoned when mining efforts turned out to be uneconomical.