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

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:30pm - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 9:30pm

Olean Theatre Workshop's next production is DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry which will be staged at the Washington Street Theatre on Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, February 7. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and the curtain for Sunday matinee is 2:30. Tickets are $10 each and are available through at  the website, by calling 373-SHOW (7469) or at the door.

Kenny Zimlinghaus and Mike Berlon
Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Comedy Night with Mike Berlon Featuring Kenny Zimlinghaus from 8pm – 10pm at Good Times of Olean for just $15 per ticket!  Mike and Kenny had us in tears last year when they were at Good Times, and they are back to keep us laughing through the new year!  Don’t miss this unforgettable comedy shows!

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Albert Einstein’s reflections on race relations will be presented during a special performance Sunday at the African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean.  This is a free performance and all are welcome to attend, with snacks served afterwards.  Dr.

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