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Olean Things to Do

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    by KJ31 Written Jul 18, 2010

    Learn about the history growth of the Alcas Company which manufactures Cutco (knives and kitchenware) and Ka-Bar (the knives used by US Marine Corp). View product lines. There are also plant tours to see how the knives are manufactured.
    Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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    by davecallahan Updated Nov 20, 2007

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    Five miles south of Olean on route 16 is a geologic structure called Rock City. Huge monolithic slabs of sandstone and shale that seem to have familiar shapes when viewed at the correct angle (indian faces, rabbit's head, church spire, etc., you get the idea). An enterprising family has taken an otherwise worthless piece of land in the middle of a farming community and turned it into an interesting tourist attraction. To the labyrinth of rock formations they have added a gift shop, some resting benches, a small cafe and a rock-collectors shop (full of stones and gems, few of which are locally quarried). We spent about an hour climbing (literally) up and down the rock paths and trying to see the shapes that the posted signs said were in the rock faces overhead. Be sure to bring a sweater; it is quite cool in the area except in July and August.
    There is a nominal entrance fee of $10 but i bet you'll spend more than that in the gift shop where they have some unique stone momentos.

    Rock City Entrance entrance on route 16
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    by davecallahan Updated Nov 20, 2007

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    It boasts that it has the best pancakes and syrup in New York and i am not going to argue with that. We had pancakes the size of our plates with choice of ever-so-many syrups.
    Some of the pancakes are actually stuffed with sausage meat.
    You can have normal or buckwheat, you can have full size or minicakes. The coffee is great too.

    This is not just a restaurant it is a happening. First you drive up to the place and along the parking area are full-size wood carvings of horses and deer and bears. There is a picnic area if you want to eat outdoors, right next to a playground for the kids to romp. There is a hiking trail where you can build an appetite or burn off the thousands of calories you just ate.
    The building is rustic/modern. Inside you will find the restaurant (complete with a bullwinkle-the-moose area for the kids), a syrup/candy/momento gift shop, and during the correct season, an active syrup-making plant.

    Favorite Dish: Three plate-sized buckwheat pancakes with butter and maple/cranberry syrup. each forkful melts in your mouth. and there are a lot of forkfulls.

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Olean Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    The active communities that are presented incorporated into Lean township are listed below.

    Baldwin Heights... neighborhood on the north side of Olean
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cc66c/
    Barnum... south of Olean on route 29
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cc692/
    Boardmanville... neighborhood on the the east side of the city of Olean
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cc7a5/
    Cherry Hill... neighborhood in the city of Olean
    East Olean... neighborhood on the eastside of the city of Olean
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/ccc67/
    Four Mile... west of town on route 16
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cce05/
    Haydenville... hamlet on the east of town on route 92
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cd05d/
    North Olean... neighborhood in Olean, on the north side
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cd6d0/
    Seneca Heights... neighborhood of the City of Olean, south and east of the Allegheny River
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cdb69/
    South Olean... neighborhood of Olean, south of State Street and east of Fourth street
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cdc92/

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Olean Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 27, 2007

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    Oleans has very little violent crime (murder, rape, assault) but it has about average amount of non-violent crimes (burglary, shop-lifting, theft). The overall rating for the town is "low risk".
    There are 22 sex offenders registered in the area (not too many but enough to be careful).

    You should use general tourist precautions when visiting the area. Don't leave valuables out in the open in the back seat of your car; lock them in the trunk. Generally keep doors locked.
    Keep a good eye on the kids if they are traveling with you. Stay away from unfamiliar places if it is late at night or you are all alone. Don't tempt fate; be smart; be safe.

    twenty two registered in the area
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Olean Off The Beaten Path

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    by mcm2112 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The COOLEST store in town filled with delightful surprises and rude awakenings! Studio 4 East is located in downtown Allegany off route 417. They have the best tee-shirts and trinkets at the company store.

    STUDIO 4 EAST COMPANY STORE • 120 WEST MAIN STREET • ALLEGANY, NY • 14706 • (716) 373-7378 • MON-SAT 10-6

    http://www.shirtheads.com/companystore/

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Olean Favorites

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    by mcm2112 Updated Oct 5, 2002

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    Fondest memory: HISTORY
    Population: 15,347
    Region: Southern Tier

    On the Allegheny River

    Named after Olean Shephard, first white child born here

    Developed with the movement west; people leaving New England and eastern New York traveled the river

    The discovery of oil in the region brought later growth in the late 1800's. Agricultural products in this county include dairy cattle, milk products

    Received national attention for 1972 flood, which destroyed thousands of homes.

    Nearby parks and recreation: Rock City Park

    Historic sites and museums: Bartlett House Museum

    Colleges and universities: Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County, St. Bonaventure University (Beautiful campus)

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