Kenner's Rivertown

HIstoric Kenner Rivertown - Jefferson Parish Louisiana

Located along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, Kenner's Rivertown is a sixteen block historic district offering a host of cultural and family attractions. Treat the kids to the Louis J. Roussel Jr. Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema. Let them be lead astronaut on a NASA prototype at Kenner's Space Station. The full-size NASA International Space Station prototype allows visitors get a first hand look at daily living and working in space. Dedicated to space travel and technology, the Space Station is one of only two in existence today. Other space-related exhibits where visitors can explore spin-off technology with a Space Robot, touch the 4 billion year old Gibeon Meteorite, and take a walk through the history timeline of the 20th century.

Rivertown Main StreetKenner was designated in 2014 by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community, known as a USA Main Street!  The city of Kenner is said to be the first land of the metropolitan area that Europeans set foot.  The first Europeans to land in Kenner were Sieur de La Salle and Rene-Robert Cavelier.  At the end of Williams Boulevard where it meets the river you will find La Salle's Landing, a monument to the enduring history of Kenner.  Here, a number of flags under which Kenner existed since La Salle first landed.    La Salle's Landing served as a port of trade throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century.  The city of Kenner was founded in 1855 by Minor Kenner.  The land was quickly developed with the Kenner family owning three plantations.  The close proximity to the Mississippi River made Kenner an ideal location for trade. 

Kenner - site where first World Heavyweight Champion was crowned

La Salle's Landing was also the sight of the first heavyweight boxing championship.  On May 10, 1870 several thousand men gathered around a make-shift ring along the banks of the Mississippi River at La Salle's Landing.  They gathered to watch "the fight of the century"... "Gypsy"  Jem Mace, Heavyweight Boxing Champion of England take on fellow Brit, Tom Allen who held the title of American Heavyweight Champion.  The winner would be crowned the first Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World and awarded a purse of $2,500.00.  "Gypsy" Jem Mace walked away victorious that day.   Today you will find a life-size bronze statue with boxers in a fighting stance commemorating that day in history when Kenner was the site where the first World Heavyweight Champion was crowned.

In July 1984 the National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana listed the Felix-Block House, known today as Heritage Hall.  This 16-block historic district is piece of American history and Louisiana culture.