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

Gus Macker
Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:30am - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 5:00pm

Gus Macker Olean is back on the 2018 schedule!  Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, will be held in Olean August 17-19.

The Woodside Music Festival
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 1:00pm - 10:00pm

The Woodside Music Festival is coming!!!

Youth Fun Night at Good Times of Olean
Sun, 08/19/2018 - 8:00pm - 11:59pm

It’s a great opportunity for your kids to blow off some steam, do something fun and make new friends in a safe & clean environment.  The staff @ Good Times of Olean watches over them as they dance, play games, eat, bowl and more!!

$15.00/child or $10 per for families with 2 or more children attending.

For details e-mail Steve Starks @ steve [at] goodtimesolean [dot] com.

Places

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

Photo of Sparky's Pizza and Subs

Great food and reasonable prices.  Sparky's offers the basics, hamburgers, chicken wings, pizza and subs, but they also offer Texas hots, Friday fish fry, wraps and a gluten free pizza.

Hours:

Sunday - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Photo of Renna's West and Mio Gelato e Cafe

Get the same favorites offered at the original Renna's in the mall, like NY style pizza and subs, along with delicious gelato & housemade desserts.  Calzones, salads, breadsticks, wings, Italian dinners, wraps, and more! 

They also offer wonderful cheesecakes, cookie trays, Italian pastries, and ice cream cakes for your next special event!

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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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

Equestrian Trails throughout

Miles of equestrian trails meander throughout our county.

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