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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. Among them are the Union Jack, the flag of Spain, and the flag of the Confederate States of America.
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. The town bustled with the activity along its main street. This 16-block historic district is piece of American history and Louisiana culture.
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 sight 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 . The building operated for a number of years as the Wildlife & Fisheries Museum until Hurricane Katrina caused damage to the ceilings and content of the building.
Rivertown is filled with exciting places to "experience". The Planetarium and Mega-Dome is "out of this world!" The Kenner Planetarium and Mega-Dome Cinema houses a 50-foot domed screen on which can be displayed a traditional sky show, large format film, or laser light show presentation!
Showtimes hourly from 11am-3pm on Saturdays
Adults-$6.00 per show
Children/Seniors-$5.00 per show
Multi-show packages available for children ages 2-12 years and seniors ages 60 and over.
Please be advised that show schedules are subject to change.NEW SPRING 2015
Feature about astronomy starring Big Bird from Sesame Street
will be shown on Saturdays at the Kenner Planetarium & Megadome Cinema in Rivertown.The27-minute feature, called "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
is aimed at toddlers between the ages of four and six years old. The show features Big Bird and Elmo along with a specialfriend from China, Hu Hu Zhu. The goal is to create a love of both astronomyand science in the U.S. and China as well as positive attitudes toward science.
The show involves a visit to Sesame Street by Hu Hu Zhu and a search for the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Moon. Thanks to the imagination of Big Bird and friends, the group takes a trip to the Moon learnsabout the many differences between the Earth and the Moon.
"One World, One Sky" will be offered on Saturdays to the general public at 11 a.m. at the planetarium. however, the film also is available upon request to any school or campwishing to book a field trip Tuesday through Friday. For more information,contact Glorioso at (504) 468-7231 or visit www.kenner.la.us.
Major funding for "One World, One Sky: Big Bird'sAdventure," came from the National Science Foundation and the PNC Foundation,with additional support from the WLS Spencer Foundation, China Association forScience and Technology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.