The modern history of Ipira begins at the end of the nineteenth century with the arrival from Rio Grande do Sul, of the first colonists, in 1890. They settled various areas currently included in Ipira. Ipira itself dates from 1913 when Antônio Ko Freitag acquired a parcel of land from the railway company. Between 1915 and 1917 more settler families arrived from the Brazilian south, these coming from Montenegro.
^"Divisão Territorial do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Divisão Territorial do Brasil e Limites Territoriais, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). July 1, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2009.