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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.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Olean:
    • 42.079930, -78.437543
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Olean
  • 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 Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Olean ...

We have found five communities that share the name Olean.

Within New York, the name Olean is unique.

Beyond New York, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Indiana
      • Ripley County
      • This Olean is located in Ripley County and lies 414 miles [666.3 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Olean that is located in Cattaraugus County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ripley County community of Olean.
    • Missouri
      • Miller County
      • This Olean is located in Miller County and lies 783 miles [1,260.1 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Olean that is located in Cattaraugus County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Miller County community of Olean.
    • Nebraska
      • Colfax County
      • This Olean is located in Colfax County and lies 949 miles [1,527.3 km]<1> to the west of the Olean that is located in Cattaraugus County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Colfax County community of Olean.
      • Valley County
      • This Olean is located in Valley County and lies 1,046 miles [1,683.4 km] to the west of the Olean that is located in Cattaraugus County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Valley County community of Olean.
    • Virginia
      • Giles County
      • This Olean is located in Giles County and lies 344 miles [553.6 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Olean that is located in Cattaraugus County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Giles County community of Olean.

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Boardmanville [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boardmanville
    • Boardmanville [Cattaraugus County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Olean
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boardmanville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boardmanville
  • Chipmunk [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chipmunk
    • Chipmunk [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chipmunk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chipmunk
  • Four Mile [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Four Mile
    • Four Mile [Cattaraugus County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Olean
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Four Mile have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Four Mile
  • Gardens of Brother Leo [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gardens of Brother Leo
    • Gardens of Brother Leo [Cattaraugus County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Olean
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gardens of Brother Leo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gardens of Brother Leo
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    • Harrisburg [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrisburg
      • Harrisburg [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrisburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrisburg
    • Haymaker [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haymaker
      • Haymaker [McKean County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haymaker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haymaker
    • Homer Hill [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homer Hill
      • Homer Hill [Cattaraugus County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homer Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homer Hill
    • Indian Crossing [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Crossing
      • Indian Crossing [McKean County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Crossing
    • Knapp Creek [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knapp Creek
      • Knapp Creek [Cattaraugus County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knapp Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knapp Creek
    • Main Settlement [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Main Settlement
      • Main Settlement [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Main Settlement have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Main Settlement
    • Rock City [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock City
      • Rock City [Cattaraugus County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock City
    • Toll Gate Corner [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toll Gate Corner
      • Toll Gate Corner [Cattaraugus County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Toll Gate Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toll Gate Corner

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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Charles Callahan     (Actor, writer)
    • Gabby Hayes     (Actor)
    • William Muldoon     (Professional wrestler)
      • Professional wrestler. He was born in Caneadea (New York) on Tueday May 25, 1852 and died in Purchase (New York) on Saturday June 3, 1933 at the age of 81. He is buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Caneadea is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Olean.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Muldoon<3>
    • George Edward 'Rube' Waddell     (Major League Baseball)
    • Louis Zamperini     (US Prisoner during World War II, Olympic runner, evangelist)
      • US Prisoner during World War II, Olympic runner, evangelist. He was born in Olean on Friday January 26, 1917 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the age of 97.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis Zamperini<3>

How Far From Olean to ...

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Little Valley, which is the Seat of Cattaraugus County and lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Olean to Little Valley, with an average speed<4> 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.
    • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 241 miles [387.9 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 231 miles [371.8 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,819 miles [9,364.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,540 miles [10,525.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,416 miles [7,106.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for New York

About Cattaraugus County

About New York

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Olean: www.cityofolean.com/

The official website for Cattaraugus County: www.co.cattaraugus.ny.us/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Olean) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Olean. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Olean

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olean. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0799, Longitude: -78.4375    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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: findagrave.com.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.514 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.642 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.078 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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