Birmingham, Alabama has long been known as the Pittsburgh of the South because of the iron and steel production in the area. Local abundance of iron ore, limestone, and coal led to the development of many iron and steel production facilities and the subsequent degradation of air quality (very much improved since my arrival in 1971).
I believe the property where I live was at one time part of a larger farm, and perhaps was a homestead for that farm. For the last 30 or 40 years at least, it has been where people lived in a trailer, and then later the house we have. Over the years, various pieces of metal and other junk, like discarded carpet, have gotten buried around the place, either by accident or intentionally. This is a piece of local metal unearthed in landscaping efforts a few years ago.