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

plant inspired art
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:00am - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:00am

Pennsylvania artist, Julie Mader, has found a beautiful way to use her talents as an artist to increase awareness of the role nature plays in fighting cancer. Mader has created a mixed media exhibit titled “Power Within,” which is a series of artworks featuring the plants used in cancer chemotherapy treatments.

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! 

Brunch with the Bunny
Sun, 04/05/2015 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Premier Banquet Center will be hosting an Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny himself!  Breakfast items offered in the morning and lunch items in the afternoon.  Kids Buffet will also be available as well as rides on the Bunny Express.  Age 3 and under is FREE! 

Places

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Oven fresh bread and your favorite sandwich created to your liking.

Welcome to Riverhurst Park Campground

This private family owned campground is the perfect place to enjoy a New York camping vacation whether it's in your RV, pop-up, or tent for the night, a weekend, or enjoy a week-long vacation!  They also offer seasonal camping for your RV!  Do not own a camper  or tent...

The Olean Center Mall Farmers Market, opens for business at 8am Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the parking lot of the Olean Center Mall.  The market will be open from 8am unitl 2pm every Saturday until the end of October. 

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Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2015It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

New York's Amish Trail - Immerse yourself in a simpler way of life

Clare Mark is the highest elevation in Cattaraugus County

The highest point in Cattaraugus County is Clare Mark, at 2,430 feet.  This mount, in the Town of Allegany off Chipmunk Road, is privately owned, and does not have public access for hiking.  Nearby attractions are Rock City Park and Allegany State Park.

 

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