© Mark Lipczynski
ST. DAVIDAs the Mormon Battalion passed through the San Pedro River Valley during the Mexican-American War, one of its members, Philemon Merrill, made note. Decades later, he returned to found St. David, naming the town for Mormon apostle David Patten.
Early settlers logged the Huachuca Mountains, providing much of the timber used in the construction of neighboring Fort Huachuca and, eventually, Tombstone. Though the settlement was primarily Mormon, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp — established in St. David in the mid-1930s — drew new settlers to the area.
Today, St. David retains a strong religious identity, most notably in the form of Holy Trinity, its Benedictine monastery. Located on a 132-acre parcel along the banks of the San Pedro River, the monastery is known for its gardens and its commitment to environmental preservation — in 1993, the monastery received the "Conservation Co-Operator of the Year" award from the San Pedro National Resource Conservation District.
— Kelly Kramer