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

Kermit Frazier at the Olean Public Library
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered about writing for tv shows or being a playwright?  Ever want to just improve your writing skills?  The Olean Public Library presents Kermit Frazier - playwright, television writer, and teacher of writing (he is professor of English at Adelphi University, where he teaches in the M.F.A.

2018 Eagles Gala Auction at Archbishop Walsh Academy
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy volunteers have been hard at work for months creating a Las Vegas experience you’ll never forget.  The evening will be filled with live entertainment and live performances.  Guests will get the opportunity to bid on a wide range of gift items which include: Sister Regina’s Homemade Pie-of the-Month; STCS/Walsh Principal or Gym

October Strolean 2018
Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Not Once, Not Twice, but GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2018!  Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever StrOlean August 2017.

Places

Randy's Fireside Entrees

Inviting atmosphere, cozy booths, and a crackling fireplace.

Hours:

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

Friday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

 

Menu

 

Mercato Olean

Get ready Olean, Mercato is now open.  Mercato, meaning "Market", is a counter-service, create-your-own-service restaurant.  Create your own pasta, pizza and salad along with grab and go options for quick and fresh food.  Choose between a salad, grain bowl, or pasta base for $7 with add on options.  You pick what goes on with a wide variety of choices including deliciousne

The Old Library has conference/meeting facilities for up to 200 people.  Booking time is as little as 2 weeks!  Wireless is available.  They offer the finest in food, service and hospitality.  Limited lodging available on site.  Call 716-372-7775 for more information.

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

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2018It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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