Nestled in the southern part of Cattaraugus County in Western New York State, the city of Olean sits on the banks of the Allegany River and in close proximity to the 65,000 acre Allegany State Park, the largest park in the New York State Park System.
The countryside is a panorama of thriving communities, rolling farmland, forests and picturesque waterways. Its wooded hilltops overlook valleys sculptured by glaciers of the Ice Age. Rock City Park provides majestic geological formations offering a prehistoric experience that attracts geologists, naturalists, rock hounds and the curious of all ages.
St. Bonaventure University, the Olean Business Institute and a branch of Jamestown Community College provide educational experiences for students from throughout the U.S. as well as locally. The city is also the headquarters for world famous CUTCO Cutlery, the Dresser-Rand Group and Kabar Knives.
The four season climate of the region provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors that include:
Arts and culture attractions abound since the area is rich in Native American lore. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts located on the campus of St. Bonaventure University has a broad exhibit of artwork going back to the 15th century. Art classes and a family theater provide an array of opportunities for those interested in the arts. Griffis Sculpture Park displays over 200 pieces of sculpted art on a 400 acre “canvas” of rolling hillsides. Museums located throughout the region provide an opportunity to see broad collections of artifacts from the past.
The area is served by the Bradford regional airport located a short distance from Olean in Bradford, Pennsylvania and auto travel to and from the area is convenient through Interstate 86 known as the Southern Tier Expressway which travels East and West and provides access to the North and South via access to Interstate 81.
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