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

2019 Olean Oilers Home Games
Wed, 06/26/2019 - 7:00pm - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 7:00pm

There's nothing like sitting on the bleachers in the summer sun to watch a baseball game!  The Olean Oilers are part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.  Founded in 1978, the NYCBL gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by s

Grand Opening of the Tri-County Arts Council in Olean, NY
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join the Tri-County Arts Council for the official opening of the new location at 110 W. State Street, Olean, NY!  Help them celebrate and cut the ribbon welcoming the opening of their new home! 

2019 St. John's Festival in Olean
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Celebrating the best of Olean's North End, St. John's Festival will take place from 12-11pm on July 20th.  Come be Italian for the day and enjoy Italian-American cuisine, games of chance, and live music.  Kids games, games of chance, more food and more music! 

Places

cindy's co-op

If you haven't been able to find exactly what you've been looking for, ask one of their many talented crafters to personally make it for you!

Sage Logo

Your one-stop shop for health and wellness eating and more...Sage offers smoothies, salads, protien shakes and other high quality products and solutions for natural, healthy and conscious living. Be sure to check their upcoming events!

two of the many items sold here

This sweet little shop is home to about 20 vendors who sell only locally produced goods.  They host events some evenings so that designers can promote their products.

You'll find jewelry, fabric handbags, tabale runners, tree skirts, placemats and more!

Hometown Talents is open 11am-6pm Tuesday through Friday and 10am-2pm Saturdays.

Videos

  • Provided by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and Olean Business Development. 
  • 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

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2019It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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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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