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

Creative Writing
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:00pm - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:00pm

The Twin Tiers Writers invites you to shed winter's snow and let your creative side spring forth!  Creative Writing Workshops will be presented in a series of upcoming Wednesdays at the African American Center for Cultural Development.  Come be inspired by other Poets & Writers! or just to soak up the great atmosphere of the Center! 

Jennifer Miller's Spring Goldfinch
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 8:00am - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:00pm

The next exhibit opening at the Center Gallery of the Jamestown Community College Olean Campus features the wildlife paintings of award-winning artist and Olean native, Jennifer Miller. Miller is the winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks. She is the third woman artist to have won the competition since it began in 1949.

poster
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 7:30pm - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 9:30pm

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year.

Places

Photo of Fannie E. Bartlett House

About the Bartlett House

This Queen Anne-style house was originally built in 1881 by Mr. George Foreman and purchased in 1891 by Frank and Fannie Bartlett for $15,000, a hefty sum for that time. The house features nine rooms decorated in turn-of-the-century Victoriana and seven fireplaces, each different in design and composition.

pool

This facility is operated by the City of Olean, and offers:

Angee's

Angee's Restaurant located in Olean, New York is a family-owned restaurant that has served fine Italian cuisine since 1948.

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