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

kids catch
Sat, 06/04/2016 (All day) - Sun, 06/05/2016 (All day)

FREE Kids Fishing Derby and pay to enter tournaments, Saturday June 4 and 
Sunday June 5. 

For more information please contact Lake Lane at 716-373-2080 or email lakelane [at] verizon [dot] net.

Aerial View of the Church Festival at St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, NY
Fri, 06/10/2016 - 5:00pm - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:00pm

3 big days! Church Festival at St. Mary's - A traditional street festival in Olean, NY on W. Henley and N. Union. 

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Sat, 06/11/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Cheer on the Hellbilly Heartbreakers as they take on Death and Derby in their next home bout. 

Places

beer making supplies

A great place to purchase supplies for making wine or beer, and in the future - cheese! 

Photo of Beef 'N Barrel

"The Beef" specializes in high-quality roast beef at very affordable prices.
The atmosphere is cozy and the beef-cutters are situated so that you may watch them as they work.  The staff is always friendly and ensures a great visit.

You will enjoy any dish, but if you have never  been to western New York, you MUST try the beef on weck.

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Huge Outdoor Sculpture Park

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

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