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

2018 St. John's Festival in Olean
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:30am - 11:00pm

Come be Italian for the day or two in Olean.  Enjoy Italian-American cuisine, food, and live music.  Kids games, games of chance, more food and more music!  Adding some "Polish" cuisine this year as well as pull tabs, gambling, dancing and more fun!!  Live music will have you entertained into the evening hours. 

2016 Taste
Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

"Art in the Park" by Susan Andrews
If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love the Taste of Olean on July 22nd. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 69th Annual Art in the Park and the 28th Annual Taste of Olean.

Gus Macker
Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:30am - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 5:00pm

Gus Macker Olean is back on the 2018 schedule!  Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, will be held in Olean August 17-19.

Places

Photo of Dave's Halfway Inn

Fun stop for snowmobilers and great deck with a spectacular view for summer fun.

 

Hours:

Monday - Tuesday
3:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Thursday - Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

Brooklyn Bakery Kitchen

Wood-fired brick oven pizzeria tucked away behind Family Video. Pickup and delivery only—no dining area.

 

Hours:

Monday
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday
CLOSED

Photo of Rafi's Platter

New! Something for everyone offering a variety of ethnic cuisine—Pakistani, Italian, Greek, Lebanese.

Hours:

Monday - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday
CLOSED

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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