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

2018 Olean Oilers Home Games
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 7:00pm - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 7:00pm

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

African American Center for Cultural Dev benefit talk with Isaac Spaeth
Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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

2017 Winners - Bysiek CPA, PLLC
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm

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!

Places

Photo of Four Mile Brewing

Four Mile Brewing is a great stop for craft beer enthusiasts.  Their home is a former brewery which was closed during Prohibition.  They've updated the building and added a kitchen which serves deli-style sandwiches, salads and jumbo pretzels.

Photo of Oishi Sushi & Hibachi Steak House

Local Favorite!

Authentic Japanese cuisine: sushi, sashimi, rolls. Enjoy fresh steak and seafood skillfully prepared by a hibachi chef. Entertaining, memorable, and delicious!

Gotta try: Geisha Roll (raw) and Hibachi

 

Hours:

Monday - Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

banquet room at Premier Banquet Center

Premier Banquet Center for all of life's special events!

Business Meetings & Seminars

Trade Shows

Fund Raising Events

Sports Banquets

Wedding Receptions

Graduation, Anniversary and Birthday Parties

Christmas Parties

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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