The Strongs

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The Strongs, Maurice Strong and his wife Hanne Strong, came to the Crestone area after he acquired a controlling interest in AZL, the corporation which owned the Baca Grant and had laid out the Baca Grande land development. Strong had been advised that the Baca development, particularly, was a loser, but when he and his fiancee, Hanne Marstrand, visited, they "fell in love with it" and took up residence in the ranch house on the Grant.

Strong was busy with his many projects and was not here much, but Hanne, accompanied by her mother; Karen Christiansen; daughter; and sister lived in the ranch house for several years.