A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Olean, Nebraska
(Colfax County)

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The location of Olean

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Olean.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Olean, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Olean and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Olean and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Olean. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Olean.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Colfax County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Colfax County sighting report from eBird.

Since Olean is near Dodge County and also Cuming County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dodge County

Sighting report for Cuming County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Olean.

How Far From Olean to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Olean to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Olean and extending to:

  • Schuyler [Map], which is the Seat of Colfax County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Olean to Schuyler, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,063 miles [1,710.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,512 miles [10,480 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,267 miles [11,695.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,173 miles [8,325.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Olean ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Olean.

Within Nebraska, there is just one other community named Olean. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Nebraska

Communities outside of Nebraska

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Ripley County

Our profile page for Olean, Ripley County   [Map]

Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the East Southeast.


Miller County

Our profile page for Olean, Miller County   [Map]

Distance: About 327 miles [526.3 km] to the Southeast.

New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Olean, Cattaraugus County   [Map]

Distance: About 949 miles [1,527.3 km] to the East.


Giles County

Our profile page for Olean, Giles County   [Map]

Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Olean ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Beemer   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast of Olean   [Map]

Cedar Bluffs   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Columbus   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Craig   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Dodge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Enola   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lyons   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rescue (Historic)   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Rogers   -   18 miles [29 km] to the South   [Map]

Scribner   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Spurville   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Olean. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Jo Ann Marlowe     (Born as Jo Ann Mares)

Actress. She was born in Schuyler (Nebraska) on Sunday December 15, 1935 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday January 2, 1991 at an age of 55. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Schuyler [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Olean

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jo Ann Marlowe<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colfax County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Olean. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Colfax County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Olean) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olean. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7361, Longitude: -96.9453     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olean have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Olean to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.821 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.635 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.359 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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