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The Switchables Route 66 nightlight cover will light the way of your home's busiest route. This cover consists of two pieces of white glass over a black glass background with a silver (solder) border.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
In 1857, the US War Department ordered a naval officer to build a wagon road along the 35th parallel and, coincidentally, to investigate whether camels would make good transportation across the desert Southwest. The camel study is long forgotten, but that wagon road eventually grew into Route 66. When the federal government designated Route 66 as one of the original US highways in 1926, it covered 2,448 miles (3,940 km) from Chicago to Los Angeles. It wasn't fully paved until 1936, though, and much of that work was done by unemployed youths during the Depression. The so-called Will Rogers Highway became the main path for people migrating west, especially during the 1930s Dust Bowl. Businesses and entire towns grew rich from its traffic until the interstate highway system bypassed the old two-lane, and Route 66 was officially retired in 1985. You can still find state routes 66 and "Historic Route 66" on many maps today, though.
How did Route 66 so grip the imagination that its name became a hit song and the name of a television show? First, it came to symbolize the freedom of the automobile and the promise of a new life Out West. Second, it knitted together a lot of small communities that had never been "on the grid" before (hence "the Main Street of America" and "the Mother Road"). But why was it called 66? Because US highways running east-west are even numbered, and Route 66 was between routes 64 and 68.