Episode 6: The Vision in the Sky

On a clear day in April, onlookers standing in Mt. Hope Cemetery were met with an astounding sight: Canada. This was the Rochester Mirage of 1871. Normally 400 feet below the horizon, the shore on the other side of Lake Ontario loomed closer than ever, with the lake itself seeming to have engulfed the northernmost half of our city. Or so the story goes. But what actually happened? And what can the Mirage tell us about the Rochester of that time, and about history as a whole?

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About the Creators


Cole Benoit

Sound Engineer

An Nguyen


Justin Pimentel

Lead Researcher

Lilly Hutton

Lead Researcher