Olean, New York

Olean is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. The name is derived from the Latin word "oleum" due to the discovery of crude oil in nearby Ischua.

The Town of Olean is in the southeast corner of the county. The City of Olean, originally the Village of Olean, is adjacent to the town.

Olean was first settled around 1805. The Town of Olean was established in 1808 as the only town in the county. The "Town of Ischua," (now Franklinville) was established in 1812, part of Perrysburg was removed in 1814, Great Valley was formed in 1818, Hinsdale in 1820, and Portville, in 1837.

The Village of Olean, was originally named "Hamilton," after Alexander Hamilton, but was called Olean Point until simplified to Olean in 1823.

The name "Olean" was suggested for the area due to the oil found in the vicinity. The famed Seneca Oil Spring, discovered by the Franciscan Missionary Joseph De La Roche D'Allion in 1627 was located about 14 miles upstream of Olean Point. The original town hall burned in 1884, prompting a law that forbade wooden structures in parts of the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.7 square miles, of which, 29.6 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles  of it (0.27%) is water

The City of Olean is a city within the Town of Olean in Cattaraugus County, New York. Olean is the largest city in Cattaraugus County, and serves as the financial, business and transportation center of the county. It is one of the principal cities of the Southern Tier region of New York.

The city is surrounded by the Town of Olean and is located in the southeastern part of the county.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles, of which, 5.9 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it (3.73%) is water.

The city is located where Olean Creek flows into the Allegheny River and by the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86 and New York State Route 17). New York State Route 417 passes east-west through the city and intersects New York State Route 16, a north-south highway.

Interesting facts:

  • Home to famous Rock City Park
  • The Olean Business Institute and a branch of Jamestown Community College are within the city
  • St. Bonaventure University is a few miles to the west in the Town of Allegany.
  • CUTCO national headquarters is based in Olean.
  • Dresser-Rand Group, Inc. North American headquarters was based in Olean.
  • Colonial Radio Group, which owns radio stations in the region and previously owned stations in the Carolinas, has been headquartered in Olean since 2009.
  • Part of the movie "Unstoppable" was filmed near a rail yard in Olean.

Upcoming Events

Medis Kent Fabric Art
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:00am - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:00pm

The work of fiber artists Medis Kent and Carlyn Yanda will be featured in an exhibit at the Olean Public Library Art Gallery. The exhibit opens Thursday, January 8, from 6 to 8 pm and runs through February 20. The opening is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is FREE and open to the public.

Tournament at Good Times
Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:00am - 9:00pm

Good Times Olean and the 60+ 4 person teams had so much fun at last year's tournament!  They are bringing it back again this year at the end of January, just when some winter fun is needed! 

Celebrate all Month!
Sun, 02/01/2015 - 12:10pm - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:10pm

The African American Center for Cultural Development will be hosting a series of presentations during February to celebrate Black History Month and Black Culture in Olean.  The Public is invited to listen to presentations and enjoy coffee, snacks and conversation afterwards.  Come and Enjoy! 

Places

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Good Times of Olean

Good Times of Olean is home to a 16 lane bowling center that holds the latest in Qubica AMF equipment. Friday and Saturday nights have open bowling, and leagues are held during week day evenings.

They have fully restored the 18 hole miniature golf course found at Forness Park. Sign up for one of their adult putt-putt leagues today!

Logo of Jak's Burger Shak

This restaurant features 26 different types of hamburgers - including a portobello burger, cowboy burger and grilled cheeseburger - with loads of different toppings.  The burgers are all beef, home-made and hand-pressed individually.

Videos

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Thomas Kelly Bridge colorcovered bridgeCooper and Jenna B&WThomas Kelly Bridge

Travel Guide

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