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.
Join us as we celebrate our second Festival as a BASILICA since Pope Francis' historic designation in 2017. We are honored as a parish community to host the public on our grounds for 2 big days! Food, live entertainment, Children's games and bounce houses, Irish Dancers, AOH Sunday Chicken BBQ, concessions, Raffle for $10,000
This year the event has a new exciting name "Celebrate Olean - Outdoor Festival" and logo, it will be held at Gargoyle Park on June 15th and 16th, admission is free, and all the activities have a low price, such as camping for 4 people for is $10.00 for both nights.
Come join in a 5K Run or 2 Mile Walk at Jamestown Community College in Olean from 4:30 to 8:30 on June 21!
Mirchi, meaning chili pepper, is used in pretty much every seasoning and every dish prepared at this brand new Restaurant. From chicken to fish to lamb to beef, the menu lists its offerings as cultural delicacies.
An Olean staple since 1974 with a loyal following! Small dining space and perfect for takeout.
Subs, salads, wings, tacos, stromboli, and more.
Monday - Wednesday9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday9:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Fun stop for snowmobilers and great deck with a spectacular view for summer fun.
Monday - Tuesday3:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thursday - Saturday12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sunday12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!
View the visitor's guide online
request that the Enchanted Mountains guide
be snail mailed to you for FREE!
Over 450 Miles of state funded snowmobile trails, including 69 miles within Allegany State Park.