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

Olean's 2018 Fourth of July Fireworks
Wed, 07/04/2018 - 5:30pm - 10:00pm

City Set For A BOOMING FOURTH! Bradner Stadium, Olean, gates open at 5:30 PM.  Coolers and packages carried into the stadium will be checked for security reasons. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night. 

2018 Four Mile Brewing Brew Fest
Sat, 07/14/2018 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

The Enchanted Mountains Brew Fest is going to one to remember. With Live music by DJ Gilroy and amazing beers from all over the map, you won't want to miss this. Join us! We will also have Leonard Oakes Estate Winery​ & Cider Creek Hard Cider​ joining us for a little variety. DJ Gilroy will bless us with his musical talents.

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00pm - 6:30pm

The Classic features corporate and community teams playing for bragging rights and the traveling trophy. This scramble format golf tourney features a 2 putt rule, no handicaps, no mulligans and a putting contest on hole #17. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM.

 

Places

Randy's Fireside Entrees

Inviting atmosphere, cozy booths, and a crackling fireplace.

Hours:

Monday - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

 

Menu

 

Photo of Hammer Back Bar & Grill at Good Times of Olean

Looking for a great meal and a good time? Look no further than Hammer Back Bar & Grill located at Good Times of Olean! If your friends, family and coworkers love a good time, then Hammer Back Bar & Grill is the place you want to be! Stop in today for one of Hammer Back's signature dining items like Chili Cheese Dogs, Hammer Back Burgers, and Hammer Back Buritos.

Boar Chops at Woodside Tavern, Olean, NY

This farm to table restaurant serves fresh angus beef, free of steroids and antibiotics, from their family farm. They plant their own garden each spring, and purchase produce from local farmers when their own yield isn't enough. In fact, everything at Woodside Tavern is from-scratch and housemade. Enjoy breads, appetizers, sauces, and desserts all made in-house.

Videos

  • Rock City Park has the largest outcropping of quartz conglomerate in the world! What a rockin' place!As you can see from this video, Rock City Park has beautiful fall colors and offers visitors a great short hiking experience.
  • Tasty tasty Beef on Weck at Beef 'n Barrel Restaurant in Olean, NY.

Travel Guide

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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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