Views of Kirkland: On this site in 1897 nothing happened

Sometimes it pays to look where you're walking. Here in Dog Country, that is always good advise. Yesterday, we went out for a walk and found this interesting and rather un-historical plaque on a sidewalk which reads, "On this site in 1897 Nothing Happened."

Can you guess where this is located? Do you know the history of this rather whimsical plaque? Please share.