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Longtime Bricktown advocate Jim Brewer dies

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: November 11, 2008 at 6:35 pm •  Published: November 11, 2008
Jim Brewer, a life-long south Oklahoma City resident who helped transform a sleepy warehouse district into a regional entertainment destination, died about midnight Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 71.

Brewer was a successful oilman when he began buying properties in Bricktown in the mid-1980s when the original development by Neal Horton went bankrupt. Brewer proceeded to promote the area on the east fringe of downtown by opening a haunted warehouse each fall and hosting parades and festivals.

“Jim Brewer was passionate about Bricktown when there was nothing down here but a bunch of bricks and empty streets,” said Jim Cowan, director of the Bricktown Association. “He saw what was possible long before anybody else other than Neal Horton.”

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