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

Elliott Hutten's newest works
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:00am - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:00pm

Join local artist, Elliott Hutten, for an Opening Reception for her newest body of works, on November 7 from 6-8pm.

Try ice skating this winter!
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:00pm - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:00pm

Enjoy one of winter's favorite activities at the Indoor Skating Center in Olean NY!  And through the generosity of the community businesses and organizations listed below, the City of Olean Youth Bureau & Recreation Department is offering FREE admission for public ice skating!

last years show
Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:00am - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the 6th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show will be held January 17th & 18th, 2015 at the new entertainment and rec center, Good Times of Olean.

Places

A & J's Subs Pizza and Grill

A&Js subs have been around since 1974 and is best known for freshly made sub rolls. Baked daily in on site bakery. Offering a whole line of Specialty subs as well as pizza dough which is also made daily.

AND if healthy is more of your cup of tea, try one of the many healthy salads which are also made fresh daily.

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Photo of Park and Shop on West State

Buy organic items, environmentally friendly products, local products and more at Park & Shop.

A delivery option is coming soon!

Photo of Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn® hotel in Olean is the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of western New York. This city dates to the early 19th century and boasts many historical and significant attractions. From a beautifully preserved passenger depot to the local history museum, housed in a Victorian mansion, Olean will capture your imagination.

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Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2014It'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

Most Residents are Amish in the Town of Leon

There are approximately 1,380 residents in Leon with the Amish Community comprising about 76% of that number. The Old Order Amish settled in Leon in 1949. They do not believe in the modern conveniences. They have no electricity in their homes + travel by horse and buggy. 

If you are looking for someplace interesting to go, try the Leon area. It is right in the heart of Amish Country.

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