Bridge on the Cold River Trail (New York State Archives) Cross Clearing was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps and forestry school near Axton, about six miles east of Tupper Lake.

Lake Placid News, August 25, 1933

Build Road For Fire Trucks Near Ampersand

The Cold River section, a vast tract of state-owned land beyond Ampersand Pond, will have long needed fire protection as the result of one of the Civilian Conservation Corps projects now well under way.

Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne just completed an inspection of the project, which included a hike of miles over trails in order to work out the most feasible route for a road over which trucks can pass in case of fire.

The Commissioner decided that under the rulings governing C. C. C. work this road cannot be constructed for the use of the public or individuals. It will be used by Conservation Department trucks, only, and by them only in case of fire.

Therefore, Mr. Osborne ordered the construction of a gate, which will be kept padlocked, at a point on the road a short distance from where it connects with private property, over which the trucks will have right of way in case of fire.

This work is being done by youths from the camp at Cross Clearing. A sub-camp has been established in the Cold River country, and the work is under the direction of E. A. Sterling, forester.

Lake Placid News, October 18, 1935

[…] The Cross Clearing camp, near Tupper Lake, has two crews at work, one on the Calkins Creek road; and a second on the northeast slope of Mt. Morris. […]

Cross Clearing Camp (New York State Archives)