Kenner is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. Originally, inhabited by the Chapitoulas Indians, the area along the Mississippi River was the first land in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area on which Europeans set foot. Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle landed here in 1682. In 1855, Kenner was founded by Minor Kenner on land that consisted of three plantation properties that had been purchased by the Kenner family. At the time, all land north of what is now Airline Hwy was swampland.