OLEAN, NY – Today, the nation pays tribute to U.S. presidents, but the streets of Olean remind people of the country's presidents all year long.
“The theme of our streets have been traditionally a patriotic tribute,” said David Deckman, an Olean historian. “When adding new places, they may have followed the theme of patriots.”
Deckman said many of the streets in Olean are named after generals, several of whom became presidents.
“When Olean was founded in 1804, they paid tribute to the prominent officers and generals,” he said. “Different areas that were residential areas that were built to accommodate the population paid tribute to presidents and then mayors.”