The earliest Embrun residents populated the municipality in the year 1845. The town was named after the Embrun commune of southeastern France in 1857 by Francois Michel. The early economy of the town was dependent on lumber, because the region was densely forested, with the soils being excessively moist for quality agriculture.
However, during the 1870s, with the emergence of agricultural drainage systems and the occurrence of deforestation, agriculture substituted lumber as the primary industry of Embrun. The town progressed fast during the late nineteenth century, serving as a trend expedited by the 1898 emergence of the railway.
Nonetheless, the twentieth century caused direction to change. Three significant events took place and greatly injured the economy of Embrun and led to the decline of population. The Great Depression occurred in 1930 was the first and the involved recession of the agricultural industry. Rural depopulation was the second event suffered by Embrun in 1950 and 1960.
Also known as rural flight and rural exodus, rural depopulation is the peoples’ migratory patterns from the rural area to the urban area. This happened in Embrun because young residents left this town to pursue schooling and work opportunities in the urban areas. The closing of the railway network in 1957 was the third occurrence that adversely affected the economy of Embrun.