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Olean, New York, USA

The area was first settled by Europeans around 1765, called by the Indian name Ischua. Officially, this was illegal, as the British had declared the land in the Allegheny River watershed to be part of the Indian Reserve after conquering the territory in the French and Indian War two years prior... During the American Revolutionary War, the 1779 Sullivan Expedition established the first road to what would become Olean, blazing a trail to what is now Kittanning, Pennsylvania along the path of what is now New York State Route 16.

Originally the entire territory of the county of Cattaraugus was called the Town of Olean, formed March 11, 1808. As population allowed, the county was split in half and the top half was called "Hebe", and was taken off in 1812, a part of Perrysburgh in 1814, then Great Valley in 1818. Hinsdale formed in 1820, and Portville in 1837, leaving the current boundary of Olean that lies upon the south line of the county, near the southeast corner.

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  • 1854 - Olean
    Olean, a post-village of Olean township, Cattaraugus co., New York, on the Alleghany river, at the southern terminus of the Genesee canal, and on the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Water is sold at fifteen cents a barrel to the housekeepers of Olean, N. Y.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 18, 1868

  • News 1881 - Wagon Shop Fire
    At a little past 8 o'clock Tuesday morning there was an alarm of fire and a hurrying to and fro, as it was announced that in Conlkin's wagon shop was ...Read MORE...


  • News 1883 - Fire in Olean
    OLEAN, N. Y., June 8 - The United Pipe Line tank 1,477, with a capacity of 85,000 barrels, was struck by lightning. While the employes were engaged...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - The city fathers at Olean, N. Y., have instructed the police to compel all boys under the age of fifteen years to vacate the streets after 8:30 o'clock p.m.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 14, 1884

  • 1895 - Olean
    Olean, a post-village in Olean township, Cattaraugus co., N.Y., on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Olean Creek, and on the Genesee Valley Canal...Read MORE...


  • News 1903 - OIL TANKS EXPLODED WITH AWFUL RESULTS. OVER TWENTY DEAD AND HALF A HUNDRED FATALLY INJURED AT OLEAN N.Y. CROWDS GATHERED TO SEE THE TRAIN WRECK WHEN THE BURNING OIL EXPLODED CAUSING A FEARFUL LOSS OF LIFE.
    The Dead:
    NORMAN BROWN, aged 18 years, Olean.
    JOHNNY TOBIN, aged 15 years, Olean.
    JOHN McCREADY, aged 13 years, Olean.
    JOHN McMAHON, aged 19...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Olean, a city of Cattaraugus co., N.Y., on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Olean Creek, and on the Erie and other railroads, 70 miles SE. of...Read MORE...


  • Olean, New York, USA
    Higgins Memorial Hospital
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    Carnegie Library
    postmarked 1910
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    Olean High School
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    Exchange National Bank, Olean, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    No. 3 School
    postmarked 1911
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    First Presbyterian Church
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    Vacuum Oil Co Refineries and Tank Field, Largest Storage of Crude Oil in the World, Olean, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Olean, New York, USA
    Bird's Eye View
    postmarked 1921
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Olean High School
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Olean, New York, USA
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Exchange National Bank, Olean, N.Y.
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Olean, New York, USA
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Higgins Memorial Hospital
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Olean, New York, USA
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Carnegie Library
postmarked 1910
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Olean, New York, USA
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No. 3 School
postmarked 1911
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Olean, New York, USA
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Vacuum Oil Co Refineries and Tank Field, Largest Storage of Crude Oil in the World, Olean, N.Y.
Postcard

Olean, New York, USA
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First Presbyterian Church
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Bird's Eye View
postmarked 1921
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  • 1854 - Olean
    Olean, a post-village of Olean township, Cattaraugus co., New York, on the Alleghany river, at the southern terminus of the Genesee canal, and on the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Water is sold at fifteen cents a barrel to the housekeepers of Olean, N. Y.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 18, 1868
  • News  1881 - Wagon Shop Fire
    At a little past 8 o'clock Tuesday morning there was an alarm of fire and a hurrying to and fro, as it was announced that in Conlkin's wagon shop was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1883 - Fire in Olean
    OLEAN, N. Y., June 8 - The United Pipe Line tank 1,477, with a capacity of 85,000 barrels, was struck by lightning. While the employes were engaged... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - The city fathers at Olean, N. Y., have instructed the police to compel all boys under the age of fifteen years to vacate the streets after 8:30 o'clock p.m.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 14, 1884
  • 1895 - Olean
    Olean, a post-village in Olean township, Cattaraugus co., N.Y., on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Olean Creek, and on the Genesee Valley Canal... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - OIL TANKS EXPLODED WITH AWFUL RESULTS. OVER TWENTY DEAD AND HALF A HUNDRED FATALLY INJURED AT OLEAN N.Y. CROWDS GATHERED TO SEE THE TRAIN WRECK WHEN THE BURNING OIL EXPLODED CAUSING A FEARFUL LOSS OF LIFE.
    The Dead:
    NORMAN BROWN, aged 18 years, Olean.
    JOHNNY TOBIN, aged 15 years, Olean.
    JOHN McCREADY, aged 13 years, Olean.
    JOHN McMAHON, aged 19... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Olean, a city of Cattaraugus co., N.Y., on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Olean Creek, and on the Erie and other railroads, 70 miles SE. of... Read MORE...

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