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

The Drive-In
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 7:30pm - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 10:00pm

Open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, The Portville Drive-In offers Family Oriented Entertainment at it's Best. Enjoy the Hottest New-Release Films in a spacious, outdoor, alchohol-free environment. We proudly feature two (2) screens, including one of the LARGEST Drive-In Theater Screens in New York State. Our Snack Bar has great food at very reasonable prices.

yummy plate of food
Sun, 05/01/2016 (All day) - Sat, 05/07/2016 (All day)

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has named the first week in May, Restaurant Week, and invites you to EAT OUT in the Olean area.

exploring the rocks
Sun, 05/01/2016 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Stretch your muscles as you follow a path over, under and even through rocks that tower as high as 80 feet!

You'll first enjoy the mighty sweep of the mountaintop view of 1000 square miles of Enchanted Mountains from "Signal Rock", once a long range signaling point for Indians.

Places

Photo of Friendly's Restaurant

For more than 70 years, Friendly’s has been home to fun times and a thousand sweet ways to top off your meal.  They’ll make sure you leave happy with a great memory. Because that’s what Friendly’s is all about

banquet room at Premier Banquet Center

Premier Banquet Center for all of life's special events!

Business Meetings & Seminars

Trade Shows

Fund Raising Events

Sports Banquets

Wedding Receptions

Graduation, Anniversary and Birthday Parties

Christmas Parties

The Old Library Inn

Since its construction in 1895, the pink house has been home to a local oil producer, a community physician and now Olean’s first Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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Travel Guide

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