The town of Sunrise was founded on land purchased by Alexander Banes, a former slave, in 1874. The community grew in part due to a Missouri-Pacific train-ferry crossing beginning in 1906. A large oil refinery was constructed adjacent to this community in 1972 and acquired by Placid Refining in 1974. By 1990, Placid had bought out all 241 residents of the historic community. Old trees once in the yards of homes and a metal plaque are the only evidence of the community that existed for over a century.