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.
"Art in the Park" by Susan AndrewsIf the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love the Taste of Olean on July 22nd. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 69th Annual Art in the Park and the 28th Annual Taste of Olean.
Watch the hometown Roller Derby team take on their opponents at home! The Hellbilly Heartbreakers season is upon us! This team is part of the Enchanted Mountains Roller Derby League, who are a skater owned and operated league created in 2010. These girls are not only really tough and talented, they are supporters of local charities as well. They donate 10% of proceeds ea
Watch the hometown Roller Derby team take on their opponents at home in this the final bout of the season and it's a home bout! The Hellbilly Heartbreakers season is upon us! This team is part of the Enchanted Mountains Roller Derby League, who are a skater owned and operated league created in 2010. These girls are not only really tough and talented, they are supporters of loc
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.
Celebrating 30 years!
Pizza, subs, and other fast, casual Italian eats from a food-court counter in Olean Center Mall.
Monday - Saturday10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Whether traveling to Southwestern New York on business or pleasure, the newer BEST WESTERN Plus University Inn is the place to stay! This Olean area hotel features well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each fully-equipped with cable satellite television with HBO® and high-speed Internet access.
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According to the DEC, a 128 foot tall basswood within Zoar Valley has been reported to be the tallest basswood in the world.