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

First Presbyterian Church in Olean
Sun, 01/20/2019 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The theme for the Celebration, being held on Sunday, January 20th, beginning at 4pm, is "It’s Time for New Beginnings: Divided We Fall, Together We Stand.”  This theme will be expounded upon with music, speeches and performances.  The keynote address will by provided by guest speaker, Pastor Winterbourne La Pucelle Harrison-Jones. 

Trivia Night with Paul Hoefler
Repeats every 14 days until Thu Feb 21 2019 .
Thu, 01/24/2019 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Join Paul Hoefler (of Dueling Pianos) every other Thursday evening at the HammerBack Bar & Grill as he hosts the funniest, best Trivia Night around.

Teams can sign up at no cost and compete for $125 in prizes! Two rounds of trivia will be conducted and teams must compete in both rounds so make sure to get there early to get your spot.

Good Times of Olean Curling Tournament
Sat, 01/26/2019 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

A day for the community to get out of the house and gather to enjoy a day of competition and friendship in a most northernly way.... CURLING! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Portville Football Alumni Association which services a variety of needs within the school district.

Places

Photo of Mickey's

Full menu contains something for the entire family; the many choices include Buffalo wings, seafood dinners, pasta, steaks, and pizza.  Now specializing in homemade desserts like Peanut Butter Pie, Cannoli Cake, and Caramel Brownie Sundaes.

Hours:

Monday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday
CLOSED

Photo of Oishi Sushi & Hibachi Steak House

Local Favorite!

Authentic Japanese cuisine: sushi, sashimi, rolls. Enjoy fresh steak and seafood skillfully prepared by a hibachi chef. Entertaining, memorable, and delicious!

Gotta try: Geisha Roll (raw) and Hibachi

 

Hours:

Monday - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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"!

They specailize in:

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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Ranked one of the Best Ski Resorts

Holiday Valley Resort ranked #3 on Ski Magazine's 2015-16 best in the East list!  It has 58 day slopes, 37 night slopes and 13 high tech lifts.  It also has been the training ground for Olympic ski competitors.

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