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.
YMCA of the Twin Tiers is gearing up for its first annual Spring Race Series. The series includes five races across its three locations (Bradford, Olean and Wellsville. The first race kicks off in Olean on March 27th at Gargoyle Park.Participants who complete the series will receive a dri-fit T-shirt and medal.
The Tri-County Arts Council is honored to exhibit the celebrated “Maestro Moods” watercolors and charcoal sketches by the award-winning Olean artist, Peg Bothner, from April 16 to May 22 in the gallery, 110 W. State St., Olean. Gallery hours are 12 - 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 12 - 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Little Chicago Distilleries LLC was started by a group of friends who wanted to bring back legal distillation of fine spirits in their hometown of Olean, which is rich in Prohibition history. They plan to provide the best spirits available, produced using ingredients obtained from New York's agricultural community. They are a New York Licensed Class D Farm Distillery.
A sports bar with a strong local following! 3rd Base is known for its chicken wings, with over 20 different sauce choices. Also serving appetizers, sandwiches, salads, ribs, and pizza. Great selection of beer!
You can sit at the bar or at a booth. Watch the game, enjoy the jukebox, or play pool and darts.
Handmade-by Shelby offers custom painted glassware and unique gifts! "Painting with Shelby" classes are also located at the art studio in the heart of Olean NY!
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CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf
The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.
In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.