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

2010 Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:00am - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:00pm

Columbus Day Weekend!  October 8 - 10.  Show Hours:  10am - 5pm.

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from around the world at the 9th annual Rock City Park Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show during Columbus Day Weekend.

Chef Zarichnak
Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Chef Amy Zarichnak will participate in a Taste of Home cooking show from 3 to 9pm October 11 at Good Times of Olean. A vendor expo will be held from 3 to 6:45pm and Zarichnak’s cooking show will be held from 7 to 9pm. 

poster
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 7:30pm - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 10:00pm

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, depicts what was truly the actual "rebirth" of Helen Keller. Just a very small part of Helen's life, but such a pivotal moment - a moment that opened up the extraordinary mind of the child, Helen.

Places

Above View of Lake Lane

Family owned and operated picturesque park located in Olean, NY.  Highlights include multiple fully stocked fishing ponds with various types of fish for incredible fishing and no fishing license is required.  Perfect place to stay with the family for a great vacation.  They offer kayak rental, in ground heated swimming pool with slide, a playground, waterfront pavilion rental, ho

Baby Cria on the Farm

This farm offers alpacas that are halter trained and ready for the show ring. They have an array of colors; white, fawn, brown, black and grey. They have chosen animals to establish diverse bloodlines and feel they have built up a strong herd. Come visit their farm.  They are currently in the process of building a new barn so stop by and see the progress.

Worth W. Smith Co.

Since 1929 Worth W. Smith Co. has been providing customers with the most usual and unusual merchandise to complete all your home and hobby projects.  With 4 store locations they are bound to have what you are looking for.  Come visit any of the New York and Pennsylvania locations and see why they are called "EXTREME HARDWARE"!

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Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2016It'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

Only East West Route that connects Canada with Mexico

Rt. 62 is the only east-west route that connects Canada with Mexico.

With its origin at Niagara Falls and end at El Paso, Texas, parts of the road follow the Ozark Trail.

Rt. 62 begins in Cattaraugus County in the Village of Gowanda and travels south through Dayton, Leon and Conewango (through Amish country) before heading west into Chautauqua County.

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