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.
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
Event to benefit the Frican American Center for Cultural Development! Join The Center along with Mark Jones and Isaac Spaeth as they host a Historic Instrument Talk. This will feature the musical history of Buffalo and instrument restoration. Isaac Spaeth is the owner of WindWorks in Olea
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!
The museum is located in the converted Carriage House on the Bartlett Historical House property. The carriage entrance, hayloft and horse stalls are still visible.Opened in 1998, the Museum has undergone several exhibit changes and several theme exhibits to attract visitors.
This farm offers alpacas that are halter trained and ready for the show ring. They have an array of colors; white, fawn, brown, black and grey. They have chosen animals to establish diverse bloodlines and feel they have built up a strong herd. Come visit their farm. They are currently in the process of building a new barn so stop by and see the progress.
Rent a kayak or canoe for an amazing trip down the beautiful Allegheny River! They will haul the rental up to Portville for you, provide a life preserver, then meet you when you land after your fun 2 hour trip back down to their headquarters on Greene St. in Olean.
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The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County is Home to 3 outcroppings of rocks, with the largest outcropping of Quartz Conglomerate Rocks at Rock City Park being the largest in the world; Little Rock City State Park and Thunder Rocks at Allegany State Park