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Sunrise Trading Post in 1941.

Sunrise Trading Post in 2000.

In 1920, H.W. Smith and the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company established the Sunrise Trading Post at the north end of a steel truss bridge built by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The bridge crossed the mouth of Canyon Diablo where it met the Little Colorado River. The location of this new trading post influenced yet another change in the settlement of Leupp. In 1928, Claude and Hubert Richardson bought the Sunrise Trading Post. Seven years later, they sold it to Stanton K. Borum. The Sunrise Trading Post operated up until 1985. Today the abandoned buildings still stand slowly deteriorating.