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.
The City of Olean Music Series is back!
Starting May 26th, concerts will run from 6:30pm - 8:30pm every Thursday at Olean's Lincoln Park, with four Saturdays and a Monday being added to the list too.
• May 28, Saturday, Twin Tiers Community Band (Variety)
A fleet of classic cars will be on full display every Thursday through the summer until August 25th in the parking lot of the Olean Center Mall.
2022 is the 14th season of Olean's Shakespeare in the Park! This years performance will be Macbeth, Directed by Jake Riggs.
The production will be performed on August 11th, 12th and 13th.Be sure to take a lawn chair or blanket to spread out in the grass and enjoy the show.
This seasonal roadside stand is one of THE BEST places to stop for an ice cream cone in the area. Try their teriffic wraps, char-grilled burgers and hot dogs. Make it a meal with their huge munchies menu.
As of Saturday, May 14th, UpCycle is open for business! This bike shop is Olean's new and only bicycle repair shop. They also sell and trade bikes, sell accesories and clothing. A local group of cyclists use this as their weekly meeting spot and you can too! Stop in for quality repairs, bicycles, clothing and accessories! Hours are Tuesday: 12pm-5pm, Wednesday: 10
Inviting atmosphere, cozy booths, and a crackling fireplace.
Monday - Thursday11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sunday12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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Cattaraugus County was named #1 overall by New York Game and Fish Magazine for turkey hunting and is in the top three for deer hunting by DEC reports.