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

Loads of fun activities!
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:15am - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:00pm

Stay active all winter long!  Sign up for one of the rec programs like after school recreation and youth basketball, or any of the special interest classes that start this Saturday! 

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.

After Santa throws the light switch
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Santa lights thousands of lights in Lincoln Park when he parades through town in celebration in the 29th annual Traditional kick-off to the holiday season! 

Places

The Old Library Inn

Since its construction in 1895, the pink house has been home to a local oil producer, a community physician and now Olean’s first Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Shot of the-New Antique Shop

This shop features a variety of antiques, vintage collectibles and primitives.  Merchandise includes an antique ice box, pedal cars, collectible dolls, dressers, tables, rocking chairs, signs, toys, dishware and lamps.

Vending space is available.

The New-Antique Shop is open 10am - 6pm Wednesday through Sunday.

selection of animal feed at 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

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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

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

Huge Outdoor Sculpture Park

Griffis Sculpture Park is located on over 400 acres and holds over 250 sculptures.

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